Quebec businesses

Three types of Quebec businesses to re-open in May

Retail stores will be reopening as soon as May 4.

A day after announcing the re-opening of elementary schools and daycares, Premier Legault presented a plan for the gradual re-opening of Quebec businesses, including some retail stores, that closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Quebec businesses will reopen throughout the month of May,” he said. “There will be three types of businesses that will be reopening: first, the stores that are not in shopping malls or that are in a shopping mall with a door that leads directly outside. We do not wish to re-open shopping malls and have the risk of gatherings inside. Second, the entire construction and civil engineering sector, road construction and infrastructure. Third is manufacturing enterprises and corporations.”

Montreal retail stores will reopen on May 11, while shops in the rest of Quebec will reopen a week earlier, on May 4.

Social distancing and other safety measures such as limits on the number of employees working at the same time are expected to be implemented and enforced.

UPDATE: It was announced the following day that the province is opening some of its road blocks and police controls to allow for travel between regions. ■

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