Coronavirus Canada: Quebec premier hints at pandemic reopening plan

Ontario reports 146 new COVID-19 cases; Seven+ million people now have second vaccine dose
Ontario reports 146 new COVID-19 cases; Seven+ million people now have second vaccine dose

As the warm summer months loom, Quebec’s premier is expected to lay out the details of a long-awaited plan to lift pandemic-induced restrictions Tuesday.

François Legault hinted on social media that it was a “big Sunday” preparing for that announcement in response to a reporter’s tweet about a news conference set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Legault said he would like to have a roadmap similar to that in Saskatchewan, which unveiled a three-step plan to ease measures based on attaining certain COVID-19 vaccination levels.

At the time, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe described the outline as “very cautious and measured,” saying it will allow people to know what it will take to get back to a sense of normality.

Legault, for his part, said he sent that initiative to his own health minister, saying he would like to propose something along those lines in Quebec.

The pending announcement comes as Quebec has opened immunization appointments to anyone over the age of 18. The goal is to offer a first dose to all adults who want one by June 24.

Last week, Legault said the province is headed in the right direction as the number of new cases and hospitalizations fall. He also pointed to vaccination ramping up, but said caution is still needed to keep the virus at bay.

The premier has also said this summer looks more promising compared to the same period last year.

While Legault has remained tight-lipped on details, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said that she is “definitely looking forward” to a reopening plan.

“It’s something that I think everybody is excited about,” she told reporters Monday. “At the same time, it is so important to follow those public health rules and we’ve been really good at doing it here in Montreal.”

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