Extra public health measures for Carleton-sur-Mer as COVID-19 cases surge in Quebec


As cases of COVID-19 surge in Quebec, Carleton-sur-Mer is taking extra precautions.

Though the Gaspe Region is currently in Quebec's 'Orange' level of recovery, the local health authority is recommending measures more similar to the 'Red' level in an effort to reverse the course of the pandemic in that region.

For the next 28 days, Carleton-sur-Mer has suspended all municipal leisure activities and closed community halls.

Activities at the community's arena are restricted to organized sports for those 17-year-old and under while library service will only take place at the door.

Citizens are asked limit visits to City Hall as much as possible and to limit contact with municipal staff to telephone or e-mail.
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Strict protocols are being implemented in local schools, including frequent hand-washing, physical distancing, and mandatory masks in public areas.

All citizens are asked to remain at one address, to stay home if showing symptoms, and to avoid gatherings.

The community says it will resume home deliveries for those ages 70 and up who who have chronic illnesses.

Mayor Mathieu Lapointe says the extra precautions are necessary because lower-level measures were sufficiently followed.