The residents of Montreal and Quebec Metropolis are being urged to scale back their social actions to a minimal and face a bunch of latest restrictions because the provincial authorities tries to curb a fast improve in circumstances of COVID-19.
Quebec’s two largest cities, and the Chaudière-Appalaches area, which is south of Quebec Metropolis, will probably be below “reasonable alert” starting at midnight.
That’s the orange, or second-highest, alert stage below the province’s regional system for categorizing the hazard posed by the novel coronavirus.
Quebec reported 462 new circumstances of COVID-19 on Sunday and 427 new circumstances on Saturday. The province hasn’t seen comparable every day will increase since late Might. Hospitalizations have been growing at a slower fee, and are actually at 138, up from 124 per week in the past.
At a information convention on Sunday night, Well being Minister Christian Dubé introduced a number of new public well being guidelines for residents within the orange zones. These embody:
The utmost variety of individuals allowed at a non-public gathering has been lowered from 10 to 6. If a gathering is proscribed to members of two completely different households, then it will probably exceed the six-person most.
Bars and eating places will cease serving alcohol at 11 p.m. and can shut at midnight. A most of six individuals will probably be allowed per desk.
A most of 25 individuals will probably be allowed to participate in occasions like weddings, barbecues or non secular companies. In settings that contain sitting and little speaking, corresponding to film theatres or live performance halls, the present 250-person restrict stays in place.
In inexperienced and yellow zones throughout Quebec, the utmost quantity of people that can attend a gathering in a spot of worship, a rented corridor, or competition is now 50.
It was additionally introduced that the areas of Lanaudière and Laurentides have been upgraded from inexperienced to yellow.
In asserting the brand new measures, Dubé stated the federal government was involved in regards to the rising caseload and the strain it was putting on the well being system.
Addressing residents within the orange zone, he stated: “I am asking you to scale back your contacts to a minimal.”
Dubé stated if individuals residing in orange zones respect the brand new restrictions and keep away from contact with others as a lot as potential for the following few weeks, the state of affairs will enhance.
“We noticed within the first wave that Quebecers revered the foundations and we’re assured that they will do it once more,” he stated.
He requested residents in these zones to restrict suppers with family and friends in addition to any pointless journey inside the province.
Dubé additionally specified that whereas the island of Montreal has been raised to a reasonable alert, Laval and the Montérégie area stay yellow.
He additionally requested that folks residing in orange zones chorus from going to get examined as a precaution. He stated an inflow of individuals getting examined with out signs or having had contact with somebody contaminated is inflicting delays at testing centres.
The measures additionally put new restrictions on who can go to long-term care properties, the place the overwhelming majority of deaths occurred within the first-wave of infections.
In public long-term care centres (CHSLDs), solely visits for humanitarian causes or by caregivers will probably be allowed.
A most of six individuals, together with the resident, will probably be allowed inside an condominium in a non-public seniors’ residences (RPA).
Public Well being Director Dr. Horacio Arruda added that this alteration won’t have an effect on faculties or extra-curricular actions within the province.
“The state of affairs may be very worrying however we have not misplaced management,” he stated. “We collectively can change issues, however the energy is in your arms.”
Measures geared toward stopping ‘super-spreading’ occasions
Christopher Labos, a Montreal heart specialist and epidemiologist, stated the brand new measures look like focused on the varieties of actions public well being officers consider are chargeable for the current improve in infections: giant gatherings in properties and bars.
“Any time you will have numerous individuals coming collectively, particularly in conditions the place individuals have a tendency to not put on masks and have a tendency to not apply social distancing, these are the conditions through which the virus can unfold and unfold rapidly,” Labos stated.
“The actual goal right here is to attempt to restrict these varieties of occasions, what are sometimes known as tremendous spreader occasions.”