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Quebec Prime Minister François Legault is expected to announce in a late afternoon press conference on Wednesday that all regions of Quebec except Greater Montreal, which remains in the red zone, will soon reach the province’s « orange » alert.
Switching from red to orange under the provincial COVID-19 rule system means a number of changes. Premier Legault had already indicated that health measures could be eased after the school break, which ends this Friday.
Currently, the more remote regions of Quebec are already orange, while the most populated corridor around Montreal and Quebec City is still red, including the Montreal, Laval, Montérégie regions, Eastern Townships, Mauricie and Center-du-Quebec, Lanaudière Laurentians, Quebec City and the Chaudière-Appalaches region.
The situation in some of these currently red regions has stabilized, particularly in Chaudière-Appalaches, where only 47 COVID-19 cases are currently active, compared to the 548 identified in Lanaudière.
For the greater Montreal area, however, hopes were already somewhat disappointed on Tuesday when Health Minister Christian Dubé said the epidemiological situation was the most precarious in Montreal, where there are most cases of virus variants.
He indicated that it would be a surprise if the Montreal area could change the alert level.
Aside from the regional changes, some industries like spas in particular are hoping for good news during the Prime Minister’s press conference.
In the orange zones of Quebec, curfew begins at 9:30 p.m., according to the applicable rules. instead of 8 p.m.
Restaurants and gyms are open with some restrictions, as are dining rooms in senior residences, event rooms and theaters.
Individual sports, in pairs or with the family bubble, are allowed indoors in the orange zone, and outdoor activities can be done in groups of eight instead of four, as is the case in the red zone.
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