François Legault will give the green light to the reopening of non-essential businesses and personal care and beauty businesses throughout Quebec. Everything indicates that the return to the color code will allow restaurants to once again welcome dining room customers in regions less affected by the virus (orange zone), where the curfew would be pushed back to 9:30 p.m.
COVID-19 is showing signs of running out of steam. Quebec fell yesterday under the psychological bar of 1000 cases (890) daily of infection, a first since the beginning of last November.
In recent days, heated discussions have taken place in the crisis unit of the Caquista government to shape the contours of deconfinement, without however allowing the school break to revive the epidemic.
But François Legault has decided. Locked in at home for weeks, Quebecers will soon be able to breathe a bit and even get a makeover from February 9. He will make the announcement today at a press briefing at 5 p.m.
According to our information, storefront businesses will once again be able to welcome customers across the province. Shaggy citizens will also have access to their hairdresser and beauty salon.
Hairdressers should be able to welcome their salon clients again from February 9.
Shopping centers will be able to reopen their doors on condition that adequate supervision of common areas is ensured, in order to avoid the “loitering” of adolescents.
But restoring the color code is a major issue for the authorities. We want to prevent regions currently less affected by the virus from being invaded by people from urban areas where COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc.
Members of the government are making buttons at the idea of seeing Montrealers disembark en masse in the regions during the school break.
Harsh discussions took place in pharmacies on this subject. The variants of the virus are worrying, not to mention the vaccines that arrive in small quantities.
In the evening yesterday, the authorities leaned for a reopening of dining rooms in the regions that will return to the orange alert level, that is to say on the North Shore, in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, in the Gaspé-Îles. -de-la-Madeleine, in Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean, in Abitibi and in Nord-du-Québec. The rest of the province would remain on high alert (red).
But beware, only members of the same family bubble could sit down around a good meal at the restaurant. An easing that would also come with a less severe curfew, which would pass from 8 pm to 9:30 pm The bars would remain closed, we are told.
Currently reserved for members of the same family, outdoor activities will once again be allowed to people from two different addresses.
It would thus be authorized to go on a snowshoe hike in the forest with a friend, while respecting the rules of physical distancing.
Non-essential shops with a storefront will be able to reopen
Shopping centers could reopen, provided surveillance measures are put in place to avoid crowds
Hairdressers and other personal care and aesthetic services will be able to accommodate clients
People from two different addresses will be allowed to practice outdoor activities together, respecting the physical distance of two meters
In orange zones, restaurant dining rooms should be able to open their doors. Only members of the same family can gather around the same table
In orange zones, the start of the curfew would go from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
No more face-to-facefor cégépiens
Condemned to follow courses almost exclusively at a distance for several months, college students should finally be able to socialize a little.
According to our sources, the government will allow CEGEPs to further reopen their campuses and classrooms to students.
Higher Education Minister Danielle McCann is expected to give details later this week.
Faced with the growing distress of CEGEP students, public health believes that the risks of contagion linked to a relaxation of health rules and more face-to-face courses are justified.
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