COVID-19: Quebec government brings back 8 p.m. curfew in Montreal, Laval

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MONTREAL — Quebec is rolling back the nightly curfew in Montreal and neighbouring Laval to 8 p.m. beginning today.

Provincial officials announced on Thursday they would move the nightly curfew in the two cities by 90 minutes as a preventive measure amid rising COVID-19 infections across the province.

Authorities are concerned with private gatherings in homes, but have offered only circumstantial evidence that a curfew has been successful in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Quebec reported 1,754 new infections on Saturday — a fifth consecutive day of rising cases.

A nightly curfew until 5 a.m., with hefty fines for those caught disobeying it, is in effect in much of the province under red or orange alert, but starts at 9:30 p.m. in some regions.

The stricter 8 p.m. curfew is also in effect in Quebec City, Levis, Gatineau and several municipalities in the Beauce region, where schools and non-essential businesses are also closed until at least April 18 due to rising cases fuelled by more transmissible COVID-19 variants.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021.

The Canadian Press