During today’s briefing, Premier Legault and his team announced that as of Friday, May 22nd, 2020, Quebecers will finally be able to get together for OUTDOOR gatherings, provided that they are 10 people or less and that they come from three different households, at most.

“We ask that you keep the distance of two meters between people and to respect health instructions, to wash your hands well,” insisted Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault.

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Indoor gatherings such as dinner parties with several people from different households remain prohibited.

“It is very important to understand that the risks of contagion are much greater inside than outside,” said Ms. Guilbault.

Children will also be happy to learn that they can play with their friends in the alley, as long as they come from a maximum of three different families.

Public health has also given the green light to gradually reopen hair salons and dentists’ offices.

“For private healthcare, it will be as of June 1st everywhere in Quebec,” announced Ms. Guilbault.

“For body and beauty care, it will be as of June 1st outside the Montreal region and the MRC de Joliette,” she added.

Numbers Approaching 45,000

With 71 additional deaths and 578 new confirmed cases, Quebec should cross the threshold of 45,000 people infected with Covid-19 by tomorrow.

The number of cases detected across the province since the start of the pandemic thus stands at 44,775. Of this number, however, there are 12,822 people healed.

Currently, 1,516 people with coronavirus are receiving care in a hospital center.

These are 20 fewer patients than yesterday, but the decrease is mainly due to the fact that the authorities now exclude cured patients from the calculation. These patients generally remain hospitalized pending transfer.

On the intensive care side, there are three more patients than twenty-four hours ago or 183 people in total.