Quebec brings out the heavy artillery to crack down on faulty behavior. An alert was sent to Quebeckers yesterday at 2:30 p.m., via the Québec En Alerte system, to remind them of the instructions. Since the start of the pandemic last March, the health rules have been changed several times, sometimes creating confusion among the population. The government now wants to send a very clear message to the minority that does not play by the rules. Those who persist in coming together face hefty fines.
LIABILITIES OF FINES
The police have the necessary powers to stop the offenses. Recalcitrant individuals face fines of up to $ 6,000. The majority of the population is in the red zone, therefore liable to a fine: part of Bas-Saint-Laurent, Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches, Estrie, Lanaudière, part of the Laurentians, Laval, La Mauricie, Center-du-Québec, Montérégie, Montréal, certain territories of Nord-du-Québec, part of the Outaouais and Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean.
INCREASED POLICE PRESENCE
Prime Minister Legault asked the police to take more action. The measures will apply for the holiday season. The police will ensure a greater presence on the ground, especially on December 31, 2020 and 1er January 2021. “Our police forces will also be more present,” said Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault on December 2.
Christmas or not, the time for warnings is over. In Longueuil, a justice of the peace ruled that the police do not have to give a warning before issuing “COVID-19 tickets”. The magistrate sentenced a citizen who had been fined $ 1,546 and believed that the police were obliged to give a first warning before taking action. At present, police forces receive several calls a day to denounce the recalcitrant.
In the red zone, it is forbidden to receive visitors from another address, both inside and outside. Only one visitor from another address is allowed for people living alone. Gatherings or activities organized in a public place are prohibited, except for funerals, with a maximum of 25 people.
STATE OF HEALTH EMERGENCY
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Since March 13, 2020, this health crisis has been a real serious threat to the health of the Quebec population. Under the Public Health Act, the government can declare a state of health emergency in Quebec when a serious, real or imminent threat requires the immediate application of certain measures to protect everyone’s health. The decree declaring a state of health emergency has been renewed dozens of times for nearly ten months.
WHY AN ALERT?
Quebec yesterday issued its first alert since the start of the pandemic regarding the current state of health emergency, which was sent to all Quebecers in the province via television, radio and mobile devices .
- The Québec en Alerte system has been in effect for five years.
- An alert is deployed when a threat to the life or safety of citizens occurs, such as a child abduction (Amber Alert), a tornado or a civil crisis (a pandemic, a terrorist attack).
- The system was triggered, among other things, during the tornado of September 21, 2018 in Gatineau, on July 9 during the disappearance of Romy and Norah Carpentier and yesterday, in times of pandemic, where “human activities cause the disruption of services and require the application of measures, ”explains cybersecurity expert Steve Waterhouse.
- It is impossible to unsubscribe from this service, although several reported not having received the alert yesterday. Your wireless device must be compatible and connected to an LTE network at the time the alert is issued, then equipped with the latest version of its operating software. It could also be “a transit problem between Pelmorex [la compagnie qui gère les alertes] and cell phone providers, ”adds Waterhouse.
– Anne-Sophie Poiré, Le Journal de Montréal
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