Premier François Legault made major announcements during the Government of Quebec's press conference today, on Sunday, March 22. The first being that all Quebec shopping malls, restaurant dining areas, and hair salons must be closed starting tonight at midnight until May 1. His second announcement was that all Quebec schools, CÉGEPs, and universities will remain closed until May 1, as a protective measure against the spread of COVID-19 in the province.

Premier Legault had Quebec's Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, next to him during this public briefing to discuss educational matters in the face of this pandemic.

Legault told the public, "We told you at the end of March, so we're confirming today that all these establishments will be closed until May 1."

"Over the next few weeks, however, the Department of Education, with the Minister of Education, will be sending out lists of work that can be done by parents to help young people continue learning," he continued.

All daycares will remain closed until May 1 as well.

The Minister of Education specified, "I want to make one thing clear. We do not want to turn all the parents in Quebec into teachers and then turn all the houses into schools."

The government is doing this, rather, because the health of the public is their number one priority.

So, all students in Quebec schools should expect to be going back to class as of May 1.

As for CÉGEP and university students, Legault noted "there are already institutions that offer online courses. The Minister of Education will ensure that this is the case for all CÉGEPs and universities, so that students can complete their school year, which ends either in April or May."

You may read a transcription of the Government of Quebec's press conference held on March 22 at 1 p.m. here.

Below is the most recent update from Santé Québec about the current number of COVID-19 cases in the province.

In Quebec, there are now 219 confirmed cases of COVID-19, four deaths from the virus, one person who has recovered, 2063 people that remain under investigation for coronavirus, and 9786 people who have tested negative for it.

Quebec health officials released guidelines for individuals to follow to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province. You can read about them here.

More information on hygiene practices during the pandemic is available on the government of Canada's website here.

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