By The Canadian Press
December 20, 2021
Amid rapidly growing COVID-19 cases, Quebec is bringing back tough new restrictions in an effort to stop the spread.
Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube called the situation “critical” as he announced today that bars, theatres and entertainment venues will close as of 5 p.m. today, while restaurants will be allowed to remain open at reduced capacity between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Bars, gyms, casinos, and concert/show halls and venues will be closed as of 5pm tonight.
Restaurants will open 5am to 10pm only during the holidays.
Universities to stay open while exams are taking place.#qcpoli #polqc
— CityNews Montreal (@CityNewsMTL) December 20, 2021
Elementary schools and high schools will close after today and in-person learning will resume Jan. 10, but schools will remain accessible until the holiday break for vaccinations or distributing rapid tests to students.
Spectators will not be permitted to attend professional or amateur sporting events, and gyms and spas will also shutter.
Remote work, which before was recommended by authorities, will now be mandatory.
Quebec reported 4,571 COVID-19 cases today, a new single day record since the beginning of the pandemic.
Ontario reported 3,784 new cases today as many newly-eligible residents 18 and up scrambled to try to book a vaccine booster shot.
More to come…