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Quebec announces outdoor sports will gradually resume as of June 8

Quebec announces outdoor sports will gradually resume as of June 8
Girls playing soccer in Montreal / vgajic / E+ / Getty Images

Earlier today, Quebec Premier François Legault, the Minister Delegate for Education, Isabelle Charest and the National Director of Public Health, Horacio Arruda provided the most recent assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic in the province.

As of today, health authorities announced there are now 4,885 people who have died of COVID-19 in Quebec as confirmed cases in the province reached 52,143. That’s an increase of 91 deaths reported since Wednesday; although public health officials have stated that 65 of those newly reported deaths occurred prior to May 28.

The good news is Legault’s government announced the next step forward in their deconfinement plan. As of June 8, certain team sports such as baseball and soccer will be able to resume in the form of outdoor training, with the hope of allowing matches to resume at the end of the month.

Activities such as swimming in open water, jogging, cycling, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing are already permitted but public pools will be able to reopen as of Monday, Charest added.

So far, the province has only allowed non-contact sports, such as golf and singles tennis, to resume but team sports such as indoor hockey are still banned.

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