Quebec to do away with curfew as province unveils COVID-19 reopening plan

Quebec is lifting its curfew and easing restrictions on outdoor activities as part of Premier François Legault’s much-awaited COVID-19 reopening plan.

The controversial overnight curfew is set to end on May 28.

The measure first came into effect at the beginning of January as a way to cutdown on indoor gatherings in a bid to limit the spread of the virus.

The curfew has drawn a lot of criticism, some arguing it was too harsh and others saying it unfairly targeted vulnerable members of society without scientific data to prove its effectiveness.

Legault also announced that as of May 28, outdoor restaurant terraces will be allowed to reopen in the province’s red zones but indoor dining is still off the table. Restaurants in red zones have been closed since last October and have had to rely on take out and delivery to stay afloat.

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Outdoor gatherings in backyards with a maximum of eight people will also be allowed as of May 28.

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The relaxed measures come amid a steady decline in the daily number of new COVID-19 cases and as a greater percentage of Quebecers are vaccinated against the virus.

As of Tuesday, 75 per cent of adults over the age of 18 had either received or booked an appointment for their first dose.

The province had set June 24 as the deadline to administer a first dose to all adults who wanted a shot, but Legault said it will reach it’s goal by June 14.

A gradual reopening of the province will begin on May 31 with the majority of regions moving from red to orange zones allowing for more activities to take place.

By June 14, the premier anticipates that most regions will be downgraded to yellow and then green by June 28.

— More to come…

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