Premier Francois Legault has officially confirmed that the province-wide curfew of Quebec will be lifted on Monday, meaning there is no longer a need to scramble to get home on time while risking fines.
At a press conference on Thursday, Legault said: “The reason we did this was to stop the exponential growth in the number of infections and then the number of hospitalizations. So given that we seem to have peaked, it allows us to remove the curfew.”
This curfew has been in effect for nearly two weeks, put in place on New Year’s Eve, and requires Quebecers to stay indoors between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., unless exempt.
However, this was not the only curfew experience in Quebec. The province’s first curfew lasted over four months, from January 9 to May 28, 2021. This curfew initially extended even to homeless Quebecers until a Superior Court judge ordered some weeks later a new exemption for the homeless population, saying the rule was “discriminatory in nature”. and a disproportionate effect” on them.
Quebec reported 8,793 new cases of COVID-19 as of January 13. Hospitalizations rose by a net 117 patients to a total of 2,994, including 272 in intensive care, a net increase of nine. The province has also officially introduced a “level five” protocol for hospital capacity, with a total of 3,493 hospital beds dedicated to COVID-19 patients.
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