During a Tuesday evening press conference, Quebec Premier François Legault announced the loosening of the province’s nightly curfew for all Red Zones, including Montreal.
“Last Saturday, we changed hours which means it’s brighter later,” said Legault. “Because of the advanced hour, we want to have a stroll outside in the evening.”
The curfew time has officially been pushed back to 9:30 pm across Quebec as of March 17, the same time as in orange zones.
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Legault said the government is pleased Quebec’s spring break numbers remained low. “There was a rise in cases,” said Legault, “but nothing dramatic.”
Legault said public health is still concerned about the “more dangerous and more contagious” British variant.
“There have been a lot of cases nearby in New York, and we have fear for a third wave,” he said.
Legault estimates that by La Fête nationale du Québec (June 24), he hopes every Quebecer who wants to get the COVID-19 vaccine will be vaccinated.
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— François Legault (@francoislegault) March 16, 2021
Quebec’s curfew went into effect on January 8, becoming the first Candian province to enforce the nightly rules.
Police in the province are still ticketing citizens who do not comply with the guidelines. Fines range from $1,000 to $6,000.