François Legault expected to announce stricter COVID-19 restrictions today

Jan 6 2021, 7:05 am

François Legault is scheduled to unveil a new set of stricter COVID-19 restrictions this evening.

Quebec is currently under a partial lockdown, initiated on Christmas Day, which includes the closure of schools and all non-essential businesses until at least January 11.

According to La Presse, amid an uptick of cases, deaths, and hospitalizations, Legault is expected to impose a curfew to help contain the surging transmission of COVID-19.

Legault will be joined by Christian Dubé, the Minister of Health and Social Services, and Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s director of National Public Health, at 5 pm through the premier’s Facebook page.

According to Montreal’s French-language La Presse, the government is expected to announce a full lockdown like the province experienced in March and is weighing implementing a curfew.

Citing members from the premier’s office, the French publication says the situation is “out of control” in Quebec and that a curfew is needed to help limit the transmission of the disease.

La Presse says the curfew would be in effect for “8 or 9 pm until the following morning.”

A curfew would be the first of its kind in Canada since the start of the pandemic.