Quebec: new closures and curfew implemented as of Dec. 31 2021

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A new record was reached in Quebec on Thursday with more than 16,000 new cases of Covid-19. A significant rise that can be observed in several other countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and France. This excludes the many antigenic tests carried out in recent days by Quebecers for their own health and which are not systematically declared to health authorities. In one week, the number of hospitalizations went from 473 to 939, Prime Minister François Legault said Thursday during a press briefing. A number twice as large which raises fears of a saturation of hospitals that would make it impossible for physicians to treat new patients. The government is now forced to reconsider the measures it had implemented in the first place.

François Legault announced the closure of dining rooms as of Friday, for an indefinite period. A closure which comes in addition to that of performance halls and raises concerns about a shortfall for the entire catering sector. Furthermore, private gatherings are now forbidden with the exception of caregivers.

In addition, the government considers it necessary to re-enforce a curfew in order to reduce contact as much as possible and thus stop the wave of contamination. As of Dec. 31 2021, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Quebecers won’t be allowed outdoors. If they do not comply, they may receive a fine of up to $ 6,000.

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“It’s an extreme statement because the situation is extreme,” conceded François Legault.

Last but not least, all schools, CEGEPs and universities will remain closed until January 17. However, a postponement to a later date is not ruled out by the Prime Minister.

To follow all the news around the new measures in place, visit the website of the Ministry of Health and Social Services:



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Justin Bernard est détenteur d’un doctorat en musique de l’Université de Montréal. Ses recherches portent sur la médiation musicale, notamment par le biais des nouveaux outils numériques, ainsi que sur la relation entre opéra et cinéma. Membre de l’Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM), il a réalisé une série de capsules vidéo éducatives pour l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Justin Bernard est également l’auteur de notes de programme pour le compte de la salle Bourgie du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal et chargé de cours à l’Université de Sherbrooke. Par ailleurs, il anime une émission d’opéra et une chronique musicale à Radio VM (91,3 FM).

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