Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

Jun 22 2020, 1:50 pm

Every day in Canada, a lot of news regarding COVID-19 comes out nationally and locally.

And for now, we will be putting together Montreal and Canada’s top headlines daily to help you digest the news in one place.

Throughout the day, you can see all the headlines in real-time here.

Top coronavirus stories for June 22, as of 5 pm ET:

Quebec reports zero new coronavirus deaths for first time in over three months

Coincidentally on the same day as a bevy of industries throughout the province reopen, Quebec officials have revealed that zero new deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

Santé Quebec says Quebec’s coronavirus death toll has remained at 5,417, the same number reported on Sunday morning.

The 69 newly confirmed cases are also the province’s lowest single-day increase since March 22 when 38 cases were announced.

Quebec reported its first coronavirus-related death on March 18, when a senior in the Lanaudiere region passed. Since then, at least once virus-related death has been announced every day.

Up to 50 people can gather indoors throughout Quebec starting today

Groups of people gathering indoors will become a welcome site again as Quebec public health has announced the easing of indoor gatherings and physical distancing restrictions.

Quebec’s National Director of Public Health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, alongside Senior Public Health Adviser Dr. Richard Massé made the announcement from Quebec City last week.

People in groups of maximum 50 — such as concerts, events, or at private residences — will be able to gather as of today, coinciding with Montreal’s opening of restaurants.

Theatres, concerts, cinemas can reopen throughout Quebec today

Theatres, cinemas, and concert venues throughout the province can reopen as of today.

Monday’s newest phase of deconfinement coincides with the reopening of restaurants in the Montreal metropolitan area, eased physical distancing guidelines throughout Quebec, an increased capacity of people for indoor gatherings, the reopening of places of worship, beaches, gyms, arenas, pools, and daycares can now operate at full capacity.

Montreal restaurants can host customers inside starting today

Restaurants throughout Montreal and Joliette can now host clients inside for the first time since mid-March.

The announcement was made by the province’s Agriculture Minister André Lamontagne and Labour Minister Jean Boulet on June 8.

Restaurants everywhere else throughout the province were given the go-ahead as of June 15.

Gyms, indoor pools, arenas can reopen throughout Quebec as of today

As Quebec continues its deconfinement measures throughout a number of industries, gyms, indoor pools, and arenas can also reopen today throughout the province.

Quebec’s Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Isabelle Charest, along with the National Director of Public Health Dr. Horacio Arruda, made the announcement last week.

“More and more people are moving around outside and Quebecers are practicing sports they hadn’t tried before,” said Charest in French from Quebec City. “Spots are an important aspect of our lives and I am happy to announce we can know expand the deconfinement sector of sports once again.”

Beaches can reopen throughout Quebec as of today

Quebec’s newest phase of deconfinement just got a touch more refreshing, as public health has given the okay for beaches across the province to reopen.

The announcement was made in the province’s capital last week by Quebec’s Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Isabelle Charest, alongside National Director of Public Health Dr. Horacio Arruda.

Places of worship can reopen throughout Quebec as of today

Places of worship are the latest sector of Quebec’s quickly-expanding deconfinement phase.

All houses of worship can reopen as of today, assuming that ceremonies and services don’t host more than 50 people.

Quebec’s National Director of Public Health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, made the announcement last week from Quebec City. Arruda says physical distancing measures will have to be respected indoors.

Canada ranked one of the world’s safest countries in COVID-19 era

A new study from the Deep Knowledge Group has ranked Canada as one of the safest countries in the world in the new COVID-19 era.

The study is designed to “classify, analyze, and rank the economic, social, and health stability” of countries after the emergence of the worldwide pandemic.

In assessing 20 countries, Deep Knowledge Group took into account 130 “quantitative and qualitative parameters” and gathered more than 11,400 bits of data, including quarantine efficiency, government handling, hospital availability, COVID monitoring and detection, protection against infection, emergency preparedness, and overall mortality rates.

Raptors players and staff are leaving for Florida today

The Toronto Raptors are headed to Florida today, in preparation for the NBA’s restart at Disney World next month.

“Select players and staff” will depart Toronto for Fort Myers, Florida, the Raptors announced, as the team is reportedly going to set up operations at Florida Gulf Coast University, prior to heading to Orlando.