COVID-19: the bars will remain open in Quebec

COVID-19: les bars demeureront ouverts au Québec

After having consulted the public Health, the prime minister François Legault announced that the bars in Quebec will remain open, but under supervision.

The recent increase in cases of COVID-19 is linked to the gatherings, in private, rather than frequenting bars, says Mr. Legault.

“We realized that the majority of cases, there are still 141 today, it was not people who had frequented bars. The main problem, it is a problem of gatherings in private,” said the prime minister during a passage on the North Shore.

François Legault recalled that a limit of ten people must be respected for events inside or outside a private home. “We really need to go back and follow this to a maximum of ten people,” he pleaded.

The day before, during a press briefing in the Gaspé peninsula, Mr. Legault had raised the possibility of closing again the bars, the face of the recent rise in the number of cases of infection to the COVID-19. The prime minister said he was concerned about the situation, but was waiting for an assessment of the public Health to determine the source of new cases.

Parties under supervision

On the eve of the holiday of the construction, François Legault has warned Quebecers that the police will be accentuated over the next few days to avoid large gatherings in private that exceed the limit of 10 people.

Offenders face fines, he recalled. “There will be increased surveillance, anywhere,” promises the prime minister.

Health care workers infected

In addition to the private parties, the health care workers account for a large part of new infections. “On the 141 today, there are 97 cases that are people who have been tested positive in the health care network”, stressed the prime minister.

“So, there are people that [were among] the increase in the number of cases of the attendance of bars: this is not the case,” says François Legault. Therefore, the public Health do we always suggest not, we do not recommend, to close the bars.”

“We will continue to monitor the situation in the bars”, he assured.

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