Quebec’s curfew turns 100 days old today.
It came into force on Saturday, Jan. 9.
Premier François Legault announced the measure at a Jan. 6 press conference as cases soared in Quebec. Three days earlier, the province had registered almost 2,900 cases.
“In recent weeks, the pandemic has worsened around the world including here in Quebec,” Legault said at the time.
“The situation in our hospitals is critical, especially in Montreal. There are still too many visits in homes.
“That’s why I’m announcing that starting (on Jan. 9), there will be a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. during four weeks.
“After 8 p.m., we won’t be allowed to go outside in the streets except for work.”
In Montreal, the start of the curfew was pushed to 9:30 p.m. on March 17. On April 11, the start of the curfew was rolled back to 8 p.m.
When he announced the return to the earlier curfew, Legault has said the measure would remain in place “until further notice.”
In Montreal and Laval, Legault said the situation is stable but public health officials warn him of a probable “explosion” in infections due to the spread of variants.