Premier François Legault and National Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda are facing tough questions about the state of the outbreak in Montreal — a situation the Premier himself called "worrisome." In response to a journalist's question at Monday's COVID-19 press update, Legault admitted that "every day, including this morning, I asked Dr. Arruda: Do you think it would be a good idea to confine the Greater Montreal area?" The response from Public Health has been, "for the moment, no."\nSeveral concerns were raised regarding Greater Montreal's deconfinement after one scenario published by the Institut national de santé publique (INSPQ) showed the possibility of 150 deaths per day by July if distancing measures are relaxed.\n"Depending on current epidemiological conditions, deconfinement could lead to a rapid increase in cases and deaths" in the Montreal area, the Institute concluded.\nThe same study showed that the relaxation of distancing measures in the regions outside the Montreal metropolitan community (CMM) could lead only to a slight increase in the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.\nRegarding the results of the study, Premier Legault stressed that public health "follows the science" and that his government will only proceed according to expert suggestions.\n"When we look at the INSPQ forecasts, we see that if there were deconfinement, there would be a major risk of an explosion of cases and hospitalizations" in Montreal, he explained.\n"This is why we made the decision that businesses, schools, daycare services will not open in the Greater Montreal area before May 25."\n#COVID19 2 nouveaux graphiques sont maintenant disponibles 👇🏻1️⃣ La répartition des cas confirmés en laboratoire ou par lien épidémiologique selon la date de déclaration.2️⃣ La répartition des décès selon le milieu de vie et la date du décès). https://t.co/IS1uxI590e— INSPQ (@INSPQ) May 11, 2020\nHe has made clear on several occasions that he's willing to further push the date if the situation does not improve.\n"We will follow the results, we will not take any risks. And if the situation is not under control in Montreal, we will postpone the opening of shops, schools, daycare services. We all agree with that," Legault said Monday.\nREAD ALSO: 7 Montreal Boroughs Currently Have Over 1,000 Cases Each\nWhile many were questioning why the government published the study's results so late on Friday afternoon, Dr. Horacio Arruda stressed that the INSPQ acts independently and publishes its results only once they're ready.\n"The scenarios are a very important element in our decision-making. There are a lot of uncertainties in the scenarios depending on the models we put inside, but that gives us an idea of what it might look like," he explained.\nIl faut continuer de garder nos distances, peu importe l'âge. Mais ce n’est pas le temps de se diviser. C’est le temps de se serrer les coudes… à deux mètres. 🎥Suivez notre point de presse en direct 👇https://t.co/aMcWn2izOJ— François Legault (@francoislegault) May 11, 2020\nThe INSPQ stresses that "predictions must be interpreted in light of the great uncertainty surrounding social distancing behaviours upon return to work and school and self-deconfinement."\n#COVID19 - Au Québec, en date du 11 mai 2020 à 13 h 15, la situation est la suivante:38 469 cas confirmés250 528 cas infirmés1 838 personnes hospitalisées3 013 décèsPour en savoir plus sur la situation au Québec : https://t.co/fiqW5E4y8R— Santé Québec (@sante_qc) May 11, 2020\nWhether or not deconfinement in Montreal will be postponed again remains to be seen.\nPublic health authorities are keeping a close watch on the situation, however.\nStay tuned for more news.