Quebec government delays Montreal reopening by another week

May 7 2020, 10:42 am

As part of provincial daily briefings, Quebec Premier François Legault, the Director of Public Health, Horacio Arruda, and the President of Treasury Board, Christian Dubé, announced that the reopening of Montreal will be delayed by another week.

During an April 28 meeting, Legault announced that Montreal will be reopening businesses as of May 11. On May 4, the premier announced the date has been pushed back to May 19 and on Thursday, he delayed the reopening again to May 25.

The reopening of businesses, daycares, and schools are pushed back to Monday, May 25. “As I said in the past days and weeks, it will only happen if the conditions are meant before then,” said Legault.

He cites the lack of staff in the health system as “our biggest challenge.”

“Before deciding to deconfine, we make sure of two things: that the contagion is under control, that degree of transmission is less than one and that our networks have enough beds,” he continued in French. “That is why, outside the Greater Montreal area, we are starting to gradually open schools, services, and daycare centres.”

Legault said metropolitan Montreal is different, because the contagion degree of transmission is above one. “Stable, but not below one, as in other regions in Quebec,” he said.

The first phase of Legault’s plan to relaunch the Quebec economy goes went into effect this past Monday as certain retail businesses throughout the province (except the Montreal metropolitan area) began to reopen.

Outside of Montreal, stores that lead directly outside are permitted. Meaning, shops inside malls will not reopen to avoid unnecessary meetings inside malls.