(Quebec) Quebec is indeed heading towards more severe confinement for three or four weeks, as La Presse revealed on Tuesday morning.
The government intends to extend the closure of primary and secondary schools, as well as non-essential businesses. Quebec is also considering the possibility of a curfew, as recommended by Public Health.
The announcement is scheduled to take place Wednesday at 5 p.m. But already, the government has shared some broad lines with opposition parties in an hour-long meeting on Tuesday.
After exposing the state of the pandemic situation in Quebec – where more than 2,500 new infections have been announced daily for three days – as well as what he is considering, the Prime Minister listened to the leaders of opposing parties according to the information. obtained.
According to a source, Quebec plans to keep daycare centres open, as Radio-Canada also reports. Primary schools could be closed for another week and secondary schools for two more weeks, although these will continue to be distance learning. Remember that all schools should normally reopen on January 11.
Opposition parties were very cautious on Tuesday. They reiterated that they waited for Wednesday’s announcement and did not want to reveal to the media the contents of the call with the Prime Minister.
“The government can no longer just try something and see if it works,” wrote Liberal health critic Marie Montpetit.
The Liberal Party wants in particular to follow the government on the speed of the vaccination campaign and screening tests.
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The Parti Québécois reminded François Legault during the meeting of “the importance of not falling into the wall to wall” since some regions are much less affected by the pandemic.
“Regardless of the decisions announced by the government on Wednesday, our priority will be to follow up on aid measures. Because if we go for more severe confinement, we cannot wait weeks to deliver aid, “said PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon in an interview.
As for the possibility of a curfew, the PQ leader judges “that if this measure is necessary, it will have to be explained scientifically”.
Quebec solidaire co-spokesperson Manon Massé said the Prime Minister said he was still “in thought”.
“I’m going to let him make his official announcement on Wednesday when all his decisions are made. However, I invite him to justify in a transparent and coherent manner each of the measures that he will put in place to maximize the support of the population, “added Ms. Massé in a written statement.