Shopping malls to reopen as of June 1 outside Montreal

Record Staff

During his COVID-19 press briefing, Quebec Premier Francois Legault announced that shopping centres will be able to reopen their doors outside of Montreal as of June 1. Reopening announcements about several other sectors are expected in the coming weeks, he added.
The province has published an update of its gradual, multi-phase deconfinement plan. The implementation of the plan is conditional on the evolution of the situation in all regions of Quebec, the premier explained
“And for the other sectors, we must move gradually so as not to overload our hospitals, where the staff situation is still precarious. But I want to tell you that we haven’t forgotten you,” Legault commented.
In addition to shopping centres, several other sectors are currently the subject of work by the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité au travail (CNESST), in collaboration with public health authorities. Guides outlining the reopening procedures in each sector are being prepared and will be distributed in the coming days and weeks.
The Prime Minister gave as examples of sectors that will soon reopen: campsites, places of worship, restaurants, bars, gyms, professional sports and hotels. He also had a special message for the cultural sector.
“I have often said that, for me, culture is the soul of a people. I think we can open film sets and make recordings, following instructions. We can record shows. We already have a few examples on television. Quebecers need to see their artists. I have a meeting this afternoon with the Minister of Culture. A special budget will be set aside for culture. This is important for the morale of Quebecers,” Legault said.
The Quebec government’s gradual deconfinement plan is available at the following link:
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Quebec is now 47, 987 up 573 from the day before. Of those, 926 in Estrie Region.
There were 85 new deaths reported in the last day, bringing the total in the province to 4,069. Premier Legault pointed out that of the 85 new deaths, 42 were from more than seven days ago and not from the last 24 hours.
The number of hospitalizations in the province decreased by 10 in the last day bringing the total to 1,425. Of those, 179 are in intensive care.
There are roughly 14,600 confirmed recoveries in the province to date.

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