By Matthew McCully
The Government of Quebec has announced that the border with Ontario will reopen as of Wednesday, June 16. The border was closed on April 19, 2021, in part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 variants.
This reopening applies to anyone wishing to travel between the two provinces, without exception. People coming from Ontario have the same obligations as Quebec residents regarding compliance with the health regulations in effect in the various zones.
The measure requiring the isolation for 14 days of people entering Quebec from Ontario to return to their principal residence has been lifted.
People coming from Ontario will also be able to eat in a restaurant for on-site consumption, within the limits of the rules applicable to each zone.
Quebec reported 123 new cases of COVID-19 in the last day, bringing the total number of people infected since the beginning of the pandemic to 373 112. There are currently 1,745 active cases in the province, and 359,981 people have recovered.
One new death was reported, for a total of 11,173. Hospitalizations decreased by one for a total of 214, and 54 patients are in intensive care, down four from the day before.
In the Estrie region four new cases were reported, bringing the local number of active cases to 82. Of the new cases, three were reported in the Haute-Yamaska regional health sector, and one was in Des Sources.