The Mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to participate in the activities planned as part of the papal visit.
The diagnosis fell on Tuesday, we learned in a succinct statement released at the start of the afternoon, a little more than 24 hours before the sovereign pontiff does not arrive in the Old Capital.
The mayor of Quebec was the only elected representative of the City of Quebec admitted to the various activities planned. He was to be present at the Jean-Lesage airport for the reception of the pope and was to participate in the meeting planned with various dignitaries and native representations at the Citadelle of Quebec. Mr. Marchand was also to be present at mass on Thursday in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.
Forced to self-isolate in order to comply with current public health guidelines, the mayor will finally give way to acting mayor Catherine Vallières-Roland , who will take over, it was announced.
The mayor will continue his “remote” activities over the next few days. “Contacts having been limited for a few days already, no other elected official or no other person in the cabinet has to place themselves in isolation following this positive result”, specifies the City of Quebec.