Quebec masks schools

BREAKING: Gyms closing, team sports ban, masks in schoolyards in red zones

Additional closures and restrictions follow three straight days of over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases being recorded in the province.

Following three straight days of over 1,000 new COVID-19 infections in Quebec, Radio-Canada is reporting a range of new closures and restrictions for the province’s red zones: Gyms and indoor sports facilities will be closing, team sports will be banned, masks will be mandated in schoolyards for Grades 4 to 11 (they are currently only required for Grade 5 and up, and only in hallways and buses) and all in-person classes at the CEGEP and university levels will be suspended. CTV reports that as of Oct. 1, 2,141 cases of COVID-19 had been recorded across 785 educational institutions.

Quebec Education Minister Jean-Fran├žois Roberge will be announcing the new public health measures for red-zone schools in a press conference at 1 p.m. He will be joined by Isabelle Charest (Minister Responsible for the Status of Women), Danielle McCann (Higher Education Minister) and┬áRichard Masse (public health strategic advisor for Quebec’s health minister). These new closures and restrictions are expected to last until at least Oct. 28.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: Read about what was actually announced in today’s press conference here.

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