Quebec goes ‘on hold’ for 3 weeks until Easter to stop COVID-19

Quebec has measures in place to prevent social chaos as province’s economy grinds to a halt

Most Quebec businesses will stop at midnight tonight as the province tries to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Quebec provincial government released a list of essential services that will be allowed to remain open including grocer stores, gas stations, liquor stores and depanneurs. Banks and financial institutions will remain open as will public transit, taxis and airports. Aluminum smelters and mines will remain open.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault said Monday that the increase in COVID-19 cases left them no choice.

“We must put Quebec on pause until Easter,” he said.

At midnight Tuesday night all face-to-face business and commercial activity will cease in Quebec.

Legault said people are stressed and there is a potential for “social chaos.”

He said Quebec has measures in place to prevent social chaos as the province’s economy grinds to a halt.

Quebec has more than 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four deaths.

The province of Ontario is also closing non-essential businesses. Liquor stores will remain open.

-George Brownwell/Alberta Press

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