Coronavirus: Everything you need to know in Montreal today

Apr 2 2020, 1:57 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 digest the news in one place.

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

Top coronavirus stories for April 2, as of 5 pm ET:  

Quebec suffers three more coronavirus related deaths

The Quebec government has announced three more deaths associated with COVID-19, bringing the province’s death toll to 36.

Before offering additional numbers, Quebec Premier François Legault extended his condolences to the families and loved ones of the new victims.

As part of his daily briefings, Legault revealed that known cases in the province had increased to 5,518.

He also mentioned that 4,871 cases are “under investigation” and 69,024 tests have turned up negative.

Quebec police to strictly enforce physical distancing rules: Legault

As part of his daily briefings, Quebec Premier François Legault said he is notifying police departments around the province to start cracking down on citizens who don’t respect physical distancing rules.

“The vast majority of Quebecers are respecting the guidelines and I’m very proud of Quebecers. However, it remains that there are people who are not respecting the guidelines,” said Legault in French. “Groups of people are gathering less than two-metres away. At some point, we need to put all the chances on our side.”

Legault said that as of today, police officers of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and local police will begin to be “less tolerant.”

“Police officers will be handing out more fines and I repeat, they vary between $1,000 and $6,000 per person,” said the premier.

Canada looking to release coronavirus projections in coming days, weeks: Trudeau

The Government of Canada is looking to coordinate its efforts around data sharing and modelling about the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Justin Trudeau.

The prime minister said that there has been “tremendous transparency” on the data surrounding the pandemic so far, and the models that look at physical distancing restrictions will directly depend on people’s behaviour.

“It is important for people to know their choices have a direct impact on any model that we may end up seeing,” said Trudeau, adding that in order to have clear information, “we must analyze the data properly.”

But for now, the prime minister isn’t sharing any details about the modelling projections that would include what is going to happen in Canada.

Coronavirus has cost Canada’s restaurant industry 800,000 jobs: survey

It’s no secret that Canada’s restaurant industry is suffering amid the coronavirus pandemic.

We didn’t need to see any numbers to prove this, it’s evident if you glance out the window of the car, or take a look down empty streets while taking your daily walk around town.

Many shops and eateries are boarded up, and places that have decided to still offer takeout and delivery are still struggling despite adjusting to the guidelines instructed by the country’s various provincial health authorities.

The national, not-for-profit association published the results of a survey to shed light on the state of the industry.

In Canada, four out of five restaurants have laid off employees since March 1, according to the survey.

La Ronde is postponing its opening next month

Quebec’s biggest amusement park will not be opening as originally planned on May 9.

While not being able to provide a new opening date, La Ronde officials announced that season pass holders and memberships will be extended for the number of operating days until the amusement park reopens.

The park is also giving additional benefits to its members by giving out free “friend days” to “make up” for the inconvenience.

Osheaga organizers provide update for this summer’s festival

The fate of one of Montreal’s biggest summertime festivals is still up in the air.

Osheaga organizers provided an update on the possibility of postponing or cancelling the three-day event, saying it’s still “too soon” to make any major announcements.

The Foo Fighters, Lizzo, and Kendrick Lamar were each originally expected to headline one day of the weekend festival, joining hundreds of bands at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

More than 1,500 people have recovered from coronavirus in Canada

It may seem like all bad news all the time, but there have been over a thousand recoveries from COVID-19 reported in Canada so far.

While it will still take time for the curve to flatten, and although physical distancing may not be ending just yet, there is some good news coming out of Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As of April 1, there have been 1,522 known recoveries reported across the country.