Quebec Premier François Legault restrictions

Legault’s ominous tweet suggests more restrictions could be announced tomorrow

“Quebec is faced with very difficult choices.”

Quebec Premier François Legault shared a tweet this morning that suggests Quebecers should brace themselves for more bad news. Legault’s statement echoes yesterday’s comments by Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé, who said that the province won’t hesitate to impose more public health restrictions and closures based on new pandemic data, especially regarding increases in hospitalizations that might overwhelm the health system. Quebec officials will hold a press conference on Wednesday.

“As in many places in the world, Quebec is faced with very difficult choices. What guides us is the ability or not to treat sick Quebecers in the coming weeks. We will come back to you tomorrow with our decisions.”

—François Legault

An ominous tweet by Quebec Premier François Legault suggests that more restrictions could be announced tomorrow.

This morning, Santé Québec reported 5,043 new COVID-19 cases across the province, another record.

As announced yesterday, Quebec primary and secondary schools are shut down as of today, until at least Jan. 10, and bars, cinemas, theatres, concert venues, casinos, sports centres, gyms and spas have been forced to close as well. Restaurants remain open (but must close up at 10 p.m. nightly), daycares are operating normally, non-essential retail stores are open (with 50% capacity) and private gatherings of up to 10 people from 3 households are still permitted.

This morning the city of Montreal declared a state of emergency over the Omicron variant.

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