Quebec Premier Francois Legault appeared at a press conference on Tuesdays where he warned young people that their life is at stake. Legault added that the number of young people being hospitalized due to COVID-19 has doubled.
“I have a message for young people who have enough of the pandemic. I understand what you’re going through. I don’t want to say anything other than we are very grateful for what younger people have done for the past year. Right now, it is your health that is at risk.”
Legault also went on to ask people under 60s to limit social interactions. In the press conference, Legault was accompanied by Health Minister Christina Dube and Health Director Horacio Arruda.
The three added that the province is targeting to vaccinate all adults by June 24. However, the prospect of lifting restrictions is still unforeseeable especially now that the virus is spreading among young people. Legault noted that older people are vaccinated, but that will not translate to opening everything.
“The timeline has been pushed back by the new troubling infection rate among the young. We thought we could go back to something more normal once older people were vaccinated.”
Legault noted that the only option available is to wait for all people to get the vaccine to have it.
Lockdown will also continue in hotspots areas which include Quebec City, Outaouais, and Chaudiere-Appalaches. Schools, non-essential services will remain closed until April 25. Curfew remains at 8 p.m.
Legault also clarified the issue surrounding mask-wearing noting that masks outside are mandatory. The only exception is when one is alone or with people they live with. Quebecers are wearily about the changing rules.