Coronavirus outbreak: Quebec announces gradual reopening of museums, drive-in cinemas, libraries

There is hope that Quebecers will be able to enjoy some semblance of summer as the Quebec government continues to ease coronavirus restrictions across the province.

On Friday, Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbeault accompanied by the minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy and other officials announced that certain cultural venues would be opening their doors to the public as early as May 29.

Included in the announcement are museums, loan services at public libraries and drive in theatres.

Friday is also the day that Quebecers can finally get together outdoors in small groups of 10 from three different households as long as they stay two metres apart.

On Monday, Montreal retailers with direct street access will be allowed to open, finally joining other retailers across Quebec who were given the green light to reopen two weeks ago.

With the news Thursday that day camps have been given the go-ahead to operate as of June 22, summer is shaping up.

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Guilbeault warned, however, that the gradual reopening of the economy and other sectors of activity hangs in a fine balance.

“It we don’t follow the rules and we deconfine too quickly we may have to take a step back.” she said. “That would be disappointing and depressing for everyone.”

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Quebec remains the province with the highest caseload and death toll related to COVID-19. It not only leads the country, but it has more than half of Canada’s total number of infections.

On Friday, Quebec reported 65 new deaths for a total of 3,865 fatalities since the health crisis began. There are 46,141 cases, an increase of 646 from the previous day.

The number of hospitalizations has decreased by 25 and stands at 1,479. There are five fewer patients in the ICU for a total of 171.

— With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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