Montreal and Laval’s 8 p.m. curfew will return to 9:30 p.m. as of Monday, May 3, Quebec Premier Francois Legault announced Tuesday,
Legault announced the changes during a news conference, joined by Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda and Health Minister Christian Dube.
Legault said the situation is improving, as cases in several regions continue to trend downwards. In Montreal and Laval, the “expected explosion” has not occurred, he said.
“This makes us optimistic, but prudently so,” said the premier. “We are really finishing up in this tunnel, but we don’t want to be hit by the train on our way out.”
Some restrictions are being maintained, however, and even extended.
“There really is no leeway in the Outaouais region,” he said, adding that lockdown measures will be extended there by one week, to May 9.
Elementary schools, as of next Monday, and most service centres in the Quebec City region and Chaudiere-Appalaches regions will reopen, with the exception of the Lac Etchemin and Bellechasse area.
High schools will remain closed, and the curfew will remain at 8 p.m. in those areas.