Montreal, Laval to stay as COVID-19 red zones until June 7, says Quebec premier

The majority of Quebec regions will be downgraded to orange on the government’s COVID-19 pandemic-related scale next week, but the Montreal and Laval areas will remain designated red zones until at least June 7.

Curfew will be lifted, outdoor dining spaces at restaurants will open and small outdoor gatherings will be permitted as planned across the province starting Friday, however.

“The numbers are good, the trend is good,” Premier François Legault told reporters Tuesday.

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The situation is improving across Quebec, he said, but the government decided to keep Montreal and neighbouring Laval on its highest alert after talking with public health authorities.

“We’re moving forward with our gradual reopening plan,” he said.

Quebec posted its lowest daily tally of cases Tuesday in more than six months, with 346 new infections.

More to come.

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