Quebec reports 137 new coronavirus cases as province expected to tighten rules for bars

The Quebec government is expected to tighten the rules around bars in an effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Health Minister Christian Dubé and Dr. Horacio Arruda, director of Quebec public health, are expected to unveil new measures during an update on Thursday afternoon in Montreal.

Earlier this week, Dubé said he wouldn’t hesitate to shut down establishments that fail to uphold public health directives such as social distancing.

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Following a COVID-19 outbreak linked to a bar on Montreal’s South Shore, authorities have been looking at additional measures to contain the virus.

Dubé also insisted business owners have a responsibility to uphold regulations to keep people safe as the pandemic continues. Bars were given the green light to reopen in late June but with several conditions in place.

The health crisis has killed 5,609 Quebecers to date. Six new deaths were reported on Thursday, though four fatalities occurred before July 1.

The province, which remains the hardest hit by the novel coronavirus, recorded 137 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of people infected to 56,216

There are 308 people in hospital, a decrease of 23 from Wednesday. Of them, 27 patients are in intensive care.

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Encouraging social-distancing in Quebec’s bars

With files from the Canadian Press

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