Quebec reports 109 new cases of COVID-19

By Matthew McCully

While the deadline approaches for mandatory masks in closed public spaces, the province continues to report over 100 new cases of COVID-19 every day.
There were five new deaths reported in the last 24 hours bringing the total in the province to 5,633 and 109 new confirmed cases of the virus for a total of 56,730 in the province.
In the Estrie region, one new case was reported in the last day for a total of 981. Of those, 931 are considered recovered.
There are 295 COVID-related hospitalizations in the province, and 21 of those patients are in intensive care.
According to the Quebec Public Health Institute’s website 26,025 people have recovered from COVID-19.
Masks will be mandatory in all closed public spaces including bars, restaurants and retail shops starting this Saturday. The rule is already in effect for public transit.
When moving within an establishment (entering, exiting or using the restroom), citizens are required to wear a mask. Once they are seated in a bar or restaurant maintaining a two-meter distance from others, they can remove their mask.
Business owners will be responsible for enforcing the new rule and could face fines ranging from $400 to $6,000 if people are found in their establishments without a mask on.

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