The SPVM confirmed to MTL Blog that two Montreal police officers have tested positive for COVID-19.\nAn additional 100 are in self-isolation after recently travelling.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nAn SPVM spokesperson confirmed to MTL Blog that two Montreal police officers have tested positive for COVID-19. They had recently returned from trips abroad and are now in isolation. The two individuals join another 100 who are in their own unrelated quarantines after travelling.\nThe news comes as the police service declares a local state of emergency and begins enforcing a new provincial ban on almost all public gatherings, with exceptions for those that "bring together occupants of a private residence," people that are required to go to work, and public services.\nIn each of these situations, strict two-metre social distancing rules are still in place.\nAccording to the SPVM, "specialized teams have been assigned to support the efforts of patrol officers to ensure respect and understanding of measures to protect the health of the population."\nPolice will now issue fines as high as $1,000 for those who violate the new social distancing rules.\nAccording to reports, some 200 notices and calls of ill-advised public gatherings in Montreal were fielded by SPVM officers over the weekend.\nThe measures are in place to limit the spread of coronavirus in the province.\nThe number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Quebec jumped to 628 on Monday, with 265 found in the Montreal region.\nThe large increase is largely due to a change in the definition of "confirmed cases," which now counts positive tests at hospitals without additional confirmation from the Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec (LSPQ).\nLe #SPVM appelle les citoyens à la collaboration et au respect de l’interdiction de se rassembler alors que @GouvQc a adopté un décret qui prolonge l'état d'urgence sanitaire jusqu'au 29 mars. Détails sur le décret et notre application ➡https://t.co/WGv58IpOdu#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/0ns5T8y7Cg— Police Montréal (@SPVM) March 22, 2020\nPremier François Legault stated that "this is the time to show the determination, solidarity and courage that we Quebecers are capable of. We must all follow public health guidelines."\nREAD ALSO: Montrealers Can Now Be Fined $1,000 For Breaking New Social Distancing Rules\nBelow are the number of cases in Quebec by region.\nGouvernement du Québec\nAll non-essential businesses in the province are closed until April 13.\nSchool will not resume until May 1.\nQuebec 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.\nMore information on hygiene practices during the pandemic is available on the government of Canada's website here.