Quebec to crack down on individuals flouting coronavirus guidelines amid uptick in cases

Quebecers flouting public health rules aimed at stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus will face harsh consequences, the province’s premier said Thursday.

François Legault warned authorities will be cracking down on violations starting Saturday as an uptick in new COVID-19 cases has been linked to private events, such as dinner parties.

Police officers will be handing out more fines to individuals who are not wearing masks where it is mandatory, he added.

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Legault said the majority of Quebecers are abiding by public health guidelines, but it’s unacceptable that some are not.

“Unfortunately, there is a small minority of irresponsible people who are not following the rules,” he said.

The decision comes after repeated calls by both the government and public health for Quebecers to exercise more caution in their day-to-day activities to stave off a potential second wave of the virus.

The province reported 180 new cases and three additional deaths Wednesday. Quebec has now reported 64,056 confirmed cases and 5,771 deaths.

With files from the Canadian Press

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