The City of Montreal renews its state of emergency

Dec 26 2020, 11:21 am

In accordance with the Civil Protection Act, Montreal’s executive committee has renewed its state of emergency for at least five more days for the Montreal metropolitan area.

The state of emergency, which was originally declared on March 27, grants “exceptional powers to the agglomeration,” enabling it to respond to the current pandemic across its territory.

Specifically, it gives Montreal executives the opportunity to take swift actions to deal with the ongoing pandemic.

According to the city’s press release, Montreal continues to collaborate closely with its team of experts from its emergency response coordination centre, the regional public health department, and the healthcare network to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Quebec’s case count has been high with 2,349 reported on December 24, with the total case count being 185,872, along with 7,913 deaths. No numbers were reported on Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

On Christmas Day, Quebec entered a province-wide lockdown which will last until January 11, leaving only banks, grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, hardware stores, garages, and pet stores open.