Despite some relaxations, the majority of health restrictions will remain in place after February 8, François Legault warned Thursday.
The number of hospitalizations in Quebec is still too high, which does not allow the province to make up for the backlog accumulated due to the load shedding in hospitals, the Prime Minister said at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
Faced with this observation, we must be “realistic”, he says. “Most” of the containment measures, such as the curfew, will therefore remain in place beyond February 8.
“One thing we see is that it works with the curfew”, insisted the Minister of Health Christian Dubé.
The concern surrounding the arrival of the new variants is still great in the government. François Legault has renewed his call to action to Justin Trudeau, who has still not taken a decision in the matter of supervising the return of travelers to the country.
Because Quebec does not have the means to ensure compliance with the quarantine by travelers without risk of disputes, insisted François Legault.
The Prime Minister considers that it would be “catastrophic” for our hospitals for the British variant to establish itself in Quebec as it has done in the United Kingdom.
The Prime Minister also admitted to having “concerns” about the spring break which is fast approaching. Beyond the fear related to travelers, the Prime Minister suggested that certain frameworks will be specified in order to protect people 65 years and over. The latter should neither gather in chalets nor keep the children on leave, he recalled.
A day of national commemoration for those missing from COVID-19 will be held on March 11 in Quebec, also revealed Mr. Legault.