Quebec Premier Francois Legault announced that the province would move to orange zone rule by March 8th except for Montreal, Laval, Monteregie, Lanaudiere, and the Laurentians, which will remain in red zones.
Legault said the decision to turn orange with dropping cases of infections. However, the risk of the spread of the variants is still growing in Quebec. Legault’s announcement also included several changes, which include the reintroduction of outdoor school sports.
Other changes expected in the province under the orange COVID-19 rule include eased health restriction health measures even after the school break. However, Legault added that removing the curfew will depend on the spread of the contagious variants in the weeks to come.
According to Minister of Health Christian Dube in Montreal, hopes of the region turning to orange have been deemed due to variants increasing. In the orange zone, the curfew will begin at 9:30 p.m. rather than 8 p.m.
Churches are now allowed to open in the orange zone and host a hundred people. The changes regarding the school sports plan will change even to the red zones. However, Legault warned that despite eased restrictions, people will still need to stay on guard.
Legault said that the situation would continue to be monitored to watch what happens in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, gyms, restaurants, theatres halls are open but still following COVID-19 measures. However, private gatherings remain forbidden.