The City of Montreal renews its state of emergency

Jan 5 2021, 7:18 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 continued to be high with 2,546 additional cases reported on January 4. Provincial totals now equal 212,850 cases and 8,379 deaths.

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