Quebec Premier François Legault says it could take another month before COVID-19 public health protocols are eased in the Montreal metropolitan area.
Following a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Legault told reporters that the pandemic is “re-evaluated every two weeks” and said things “could change” in Montreal when most people aged 65 and over will be vaccinated.
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Legault says that neither he, Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arrude, nor Health Minister Christian Dubé can put a timeframe on when measures may be loosened in Montreal but said it could take about a month.
Ça va faire 1 an qu’on lutte contre une pandémie sans précédent. On voit la lumière au bout du tunnel, mais on doit continuer de faire attention. La situation reste préoccupante avec le niveau de transmission qui est élevé. Suivez notre point de presse : https://t.co/aQzmiHm6EB
— François Legault (@francoislegault) March 9, 2021
“We hope that we’ll be able to announce some good news in Montreal,” said Legault.
As of Monday, only Montreal, Laval, Montérégie, Lanaudière, and the Laurentians remain in red zones across Quebec.
All other regions in Quebec are in orange zones, where the nightly curfew has been pushed back to 9:30 pm and gyms, restaurants, and venues are permitted to reopen (with strict COVID-19 guidelines in place).
Elementary school students in red zones are now required to wear government-approved face masks in schools at all times.
As of March 9, Montreal remains the epicentre of Quebec’s COVID-19 pandemic accounting for 108,984 (37%) of the province’s 293,860 total cases.
On Tuesday, Quebec public health reported less than 700 new COVID-19 cases in back-to-back days, after the province’s lowest daily coronavirus cases increase since September was announced on Monday.