Reopening of Montreal-area schools, daycares and businesses pushed back until May 25

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by Basem Boshra, CTV Montreal

MONTREAL -- The reopening of schools, daycares and businesses in the Montreal area has been pushed back until May 25, Premier Francois Legault announced Thursday.

Montreal-area businesses had originally been scheduled to reopen May 11, but that reopening had already been pushed back a week to May 18. Legault's announcement Thursday delays that reopening by another week.

Schools in the Montreal area had been scheduled to reopen May 19; those in the rest of the province are still scheduled to reopen Monday (May 11).

Legault said he and Horacio Arruda, Quebec's national director of public health, decided to postpone the reopenings because the COVID-19 situation in the greater Montreal area is not ideal for doing so according to the previously announced schedule.

Legault added the May 25 reopenings would only occur if the COVID-19 situation in Montreal continues to stabilize.

There are now 2,631 people who have died of COVID-19 in Quebec, health authorities announced Thursday, as confirmed cases in the province reached 35,238.

That’s up 121 from the 2,510 deaths reported Wednesday; COVID-19 cases in Quebec rose 911 from the 34,327 announced a day earlier.

There are 1,836 people being treated for COVID-19 in Quebec hospitals as of Thursday, down four from the 1,840 reported Wednesday. Of those in a hospital, 224 are in intensive care, up 11 from the 213 reported 24 hours earlier.

There are 1,966 people waiting for COVID-19 test results in Quebec as of Thursday, up 726 from the 1,240 reported Wednesday.

The number of people in Quebec who have recovered from COVID-19 as of Thursday was 8,673 up 389 from the 8,284 recoveries reported a day earlier.

With 17,918 cases of COVID-19, Montreal remains the hardest hit region in Quebec; you can see a regional breakdown of COVID-19 throughout the province here.

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