The City of Montréal renews its state of emergency

Jan 10 2021, 8:41 am

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

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

In particular, it gives Montréal’s executive committee the power to mobilize the necessary resources to fight COVID-19.

“Montréal continues to collaborate closely with its team of experts from its emergency response coordination centre, the regional public health department, and the healthcare network, in order to fight the spread of COVID-19,” a press release from the city reads.

A province-wide curfew went into effect on January 8 following an uptick of virus cases, deaths, and hospitalizations across Quebec.

The 8 pm to 5 am daily curfew will be in place until at least February 8. Those who break the curfew “without reason” could face a fine of up to $6,000.

To date, Quebec has seen 228,821 COVID-19 cases and 8,686 deaths.

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