Starting on Friday, Quebec will allow some outdoor gatherings

Genevieve Guilbault

by Basem Boshra, CTV Montreal

Quebec will allow groups of at most 10 people from a maximum of three households to gather outside as of Friday, Quebec Deputy Premier Genevieve Guilbault announced Wednesday.

Guilbault said people who gather outdoors — whether in parks or backyards, for example — will still need to heed public distancing guidelines as much as possible.

Indoor gatherings are not yet permitted, Guilbault added.

Later on Wednesday afternoon, the government is expected to announce a further easing of lockdown restrictions — starting June 1st, private health services, for instance, from your dentist, will reopen all over Quebec. That same day, hair salons and other personal services will reopen, but not in the Montreal and Joliette areas, which remain COVID-19 hotspots, (We'll find out more at 3:30 p.m. with health minister Danielle McCann. Join us then on CJAD 800; we'll carry that news conference live, with English translation. Press the Listen Live button at the bottom of the page.)

There are now 3,718 people who have died of COVID-19 in Quebec, health authorities announced Wednesday, as confirmed cases in the province reached 44,775.

That’s up 71 from the 3,647 deaths reported Tuesday; COVID-19 cases in Quebec rose 578 from the 44,197 announced a day earlier.

There are 1,516 people being treated for COVID-19 in Quebec hospitals as of Wednesday, down 268 from the 1,784 reported Tuesday. 

Of those in a hospital, 183 are in intensive care, up only three from the 180 reported 24 hours earlier.

The number of people in Quebec who have recovered from COVID-19 as of Wednesday was 12,882, up 385 from the 12,497 recoveries reported a day earlier.

Guilbault and Horacio Arruda, the province’s national director of public health, are providing Quebec’s daily COVID-19 update from Quebec City.

More coming.



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