Premier François Legault is anticipated to announce this afternoon that Quebec Metropolis, Lévis and Gatineau will quickly be underneath stricter public well being restrictions, Radio-Canada has realized.
With COVID-19 circumstances spiking in these cities, new restrictions could embody an earlier curfew and the momentary closure of companies thought of to be non-essential.
These areas have been orange zones for greater than two weeks, permitting eating places to welcome diners and gymnasiums to open. However bars stay closed and indoor gatherings have been nonetheless prohibited, with company allowed solely underneath particular circumstances.
For orange zones throughout Quebec and the Montreal area, the curfew is 9:30 p.m. to five a.m. However some say it’s time for the federal government to crack down in areas the place COVID-19 circumstances are rising.
Quebec Metropolis’s public well being director, Dr. André Dontigny, voiced his concern in regards to the rise in circumstances and stated the present measures aren’t enough. A native gymnasium linked to practically 70 circumstances of COVID-19 has been ordered shut.
“We are going to want one thing actually extra stronger, however what is completely essential is the assist of the inhabitants,” he advised Quebec AM this morning.
“It may very well be a scenario tough and in possibly 10, 14 days for the hospital, for the intensive care unit too.”
Within the Ottawa-Gatineau area, the variety of energetic circumstances surpassed 2,000 over the weekend because the scenario in Ontario worsened.
Legault scaled again public well being restrictions in all however the Montreal area on March 8.
Since then, the curfew has been eased — from 8 to 9:30 p.m. — within the Montreal space, gyms have been allowed to open and some different guidelines have been relaxed within the metropolitain space.
Specialist says restrictions must be tightened
Dr. Fatima Kakkar, a pediatric infectious illnesses specialist in Montreal, stated tightening the restrictions in a few of these extra harder-hit areas in Quebec goes to ship an essential message to the residents there — displaying them that they should keep away from gathering indoors and shut contact with others in order to forestall transmission.
“One of many issues that needs to be clear is that we’re not out of the woods and we’re again in harmful territory,” Kakkar stated.
In Montreal, the restrictions are nonetheless comparatively strict and the vaccination program is in full swing, she stated. She suspects a false sense of safety is spreading by way of the inhabitants as spring begins to bloom, however, she stated, individuals are forgetting that the pandemic remains to be very actual.
Quebec Premier François Legault is anticipated to crack down on actions in sure orange zones to curb transmission charges in areas the place COVID-19 infections are on the rise. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)
Kakkar helps sending highschool college students again to highschool full time is essential as a result of children want that social interplay for his or her psychological well being, she stated.
“As pediatricians, we weigh the chance of an infection versus not being in class, and that threat of not being in class has simply been so detrimental to so many teenagers that I feel it is nonetheless worthwhile attempting to maintain children in class,” Kakkar stated.
Nevertheless, she stated, elective actions, akin to gyms and eating places, ought to stay closed primarily due to the variants of the illness that are proving to be extra contagious and harmful.
Going to the gymnasium, stripping off your masks and hopping on a treadmill for half-hour could also be allowed, she stated, however that creates a high-risk scenario with regards to the transmission of a illness that spreads by way of respiratory droplets.
Legault is anticipated to make his announcement at 5 p.m. That information briefing will likely be viewable right here or on CBC Montreal’s Fb web page. This text will likely be replace.