Non-essential businesses in Quebec to remain closed until at least May 4

Apr 5 2020, 10:35 am

All non-essential businesses in Quebec are to remain closed until at least May 4, Premier François Legault announced during a press conference on Sunday.

Prior to this, it was stated all non-essential economic activities will be paused until at least April 13, but that period of time has now been extended.

“Today I wish for us to be realistic, and I am announcing that businesses and non-essential goods and services that we had closed until the 13th of April, that date will be postponed to the 4th of May,” said Legault.

“We are giving ourselves a margin. We hope, if possible, to start reopening before then, but to be realistic we are thinking it will probably be until the 4th of May.”

On Sunday, the Quebec government announced 19 new COVID-19 deaths Sunday, bringing the province’s death toll to 94.

The province now has 7,944 confirmed cases, an increase of 947 from Saturday.