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Quebec is extending the red zone lockdown

Quebec is extending the red zone lockdown
/ Emile Nadeau

Quebec's 28-day challenge has now been extended to 56 days.

At a press conference on Monday afternoon, Premier François Legault announced that the 28-day red zone lockdown across Quebec will now be extended for another month, to November 23.

“We have to lower that number, how many new cases we have, and that's why we're going to have to make efforts for another four weeks,” he said. “We have quite a challenge ahead of us. We cannot continue having 800 to 1,000 new cases per day.”

On Sept. 25, the government announced a 28-day restriction period to help slow down the rate of new COVID-19 infections. 

The announcement comes a day after Quebec surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 cases.

As of this morning, the province reported 10 more deaths and 808 new infections bringing the total count to 100,922 infections with 6,153 fatalities.

Here is a recap of the rules first put in place on September 25th:

Private Gatherings

Visits to the homes of other people are banned in red zones, though this rule does not apply to people living alone who are allowed to receive one visitor to who they are not related to. That also means that if you hired someone to do work in your home, only one contractor is allowed to enter at a time.

Restaurants, Diners, Brasseries, Taverns, and Casinos

Restaurants in red zones must close their dining rooms and remain open only for delivery and pick-up orders.

Bars and Nightclubs

All bars and clubs in red zones must close.

Other Businesses

Most businesses are allowed to stay open so long as they respect the health rules. This includes retail stores, hotels, hairdressers, barbers and so on.

Inter-Regional Travel

Inter-regional travel is not banned but citizens are encouraged to avoid this as much as possible.

Protests

Masks will be mandatory in protests and in other outdoor situations where remaining two metres apart is not possible.

Public Venues

Public venues such as cinemas, libraries, and museums must close for 28 days.

Outdoor Activities

Social distancing of fewer than two metres is not allowed which will make many activities such as outdoor sports impossible to do.

Public Gatherings

Public gatherings are not allowed except for funerals and in churches or other places of worship where a maximum of 25 people is allowed to gather.

Community organizations

Community organizations are allowed to stay open.

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