Shops, hairdressing salons and museums will be able to reopen across Quebec as of February 9, François Legault confirmed on Tuesday. The courses in attendance may also be partly resumed in CEGEPs and universities.
The color code is back. Less affected by COVID-19, Côte-Nord, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du -Quebec will switch to the orange alert level.
The citizens of these regions will be able to resume frequenting not only restaurants, but also gyms. They will benefit from a more flexible curfew, which will not begin until 9:30 p.m.
Residents of large centers like Quebec and Montreal will have to take their troubles patiently.
The time has not yet come to allow the reopening of dining rooms, restaurants, cinemas or gyms, said the Prime Minister, during the press conference on the state of spread of the virus. The curfew will also be maintained at 8 p.m.
Faced with the growing distress of young people, the government will, however, allow CEGEP and university students to be able to take part of their classes face-to-face.
“I also think it’s necessary for the mental health of our young people who, in some cases, have been taking online courses for 11 months. It’s time for them to see their friends and teachers again. The goal we have set is that students can go to CEGEP or university once a week. Of course, that will depend on the availability of large rooms ”, specified François Legault.
The announcements in brief:
– Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec go into the orange zone.
– Restaurants, gyms and indoor activities will be able to resume service from February 8 in the orange zone. The curfew will be changed from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
– Theaters and cinemas will be able to reopen their doors from February 26 in the orange zone, but will remain closed in the red zone
– The situation in hospitals will determine whether a region can go from the red zone to orange, indicates François Legault.
– Quebec wants to allow CEGEP and university students to attend their classes in person at least once a week.
– Aid programs will be extended for sectors of the economy that still cannot reopen, announces François Legault.
– Quebec will authorize, as of February 8, outdoor activities in groups of four people in the red zone and eight people in the orange zones
– The curfew will be maintained for at least two weeks, ie until February 22, after which the government could make further adjustments to the health measures.
– With VAT News