MONTREAL ( Associated Press) – Quebec’s premier said Thursday that the COVID-19 curfew imposed in the French-speaking Canadian province in December will be lifted on Monday.
Premier Francois Legault said the order could be scrapped as health officials anticipate hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are expected in the coming days.
The curfew was reimposed on December 31 from 10 pm to 5 am after being used for nearly five months between January and May 2021.
“The wave of hospitalizations is expected to peak in the coming days. We are going in the right direction but we have to be very careful,” Legault said.
Legault also announced that the province’s vaccine passport would be extended to big box retail stores excluding grocery stores and pharmacies.
Earlier on Thursday, Quebec reported 45 more deaths due to the novel coronavirus and an increase in 117 COVID-19-related hospitalizations.
Legault said this week that adult residents who refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus will face financial fines. Quebec’s health minister said this week there had been an increase in appointments for the first dose.
Meanwhile, the federal government said a vaccine mandate for truck drivers coming into Canada from the United States would go into effect as planned this Saturday, despite a previous statement from the Canada Border Services Agency that said Canadian truckers will be given a discount.
In a release, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, along with Ministers of Transport and Public Safety, said the statement from the border services since Wednesday evening was “provided in error, and that Canadian truck drivers should be vaccinated if they leave quarantine.” Want to escape and a pre-arrival molecular trial, starting later this week.
Unvaccinated American big-riggers will be turned back at the border, cabinet ministers say, with the US preparing to impose similar sanctions on Canadian truckers on January 22.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance and the American Trucking Association say that up to 26,000 of the 160,000 drivers who make regular cross-border trips will be sidelined as a result of the mandate, leading to further bottlenecks in the flow of goods from food to goods and potential price increases. Might be possible. medical devices.