At the May 7 COVID-19 press update, Premier François Legault once again postponed the beginning of deconfinement in Montreal by one week. The reopening of Montreal area businesses, schools, and daycares is now projected for May 25. The announcement comes after yet another increase in the number of confirmed cases and deaths.\nLast week, the Quebec government delayed the reopening of some Montreal businesses, including retail stores with their own entrances from the outside, to May 18.\nOutside the Montreal metropolitan community (CMM), those stores began to open on May 4.\nThe Premier pushed back the reopening date because the "conditions to reopen the city" have not been met.\nHe specifically underlined an issue with staffing in local hospitals.\n"I want to be very clear, we have about 1,000 beds available in the greater Montreal area. The problem we have is that we do not have the staff to deal with those beds," he explained.\n"So, if tomorrow morning there were an increase in the spread of the virus in the greater Montreal area, we would not have all the staff [...] to deal with this increase. That is why we still have a challenge, and I have been telling you for a long time, to increase the number of employees, especially in the greater Montreal area."\nHe further stressed that the new May 25 date will only hold if the situation improves.\nLegault also announced a salary increase for full-time health care workers in the province's hotspots.\n#COVID19 - Au Québec, en date du 7 mai 2020 à 13 h, la situation est la suivante :35 238 cas confirmés228 905 analyses négatives (cas infirmés)1 836 personnes hospitalisées2 631 décèsPour en savoir plus sur la situation au Québec : https://t.co/fiqW5E4y8R— Santé Québec (@sante_qc) May 7, 2020\nIndividuals in these "red zones," as the Premier called them, who "work full time, for four weeks, in other words for one month, 36.25 hours a week, will receive a bonus, in addition to salary, of $1,000 a month."\n"For a beneficiary attendant, this is about a 30% increase in salary."\nThe postponement of the reopening of elementary schools and daycares comes after the government received criticism from school boards, unions, and the opposition in the National Assembly.\nQuebec's English school boards even claimed a right to set their own dates for the resumption of classes — a proposal Legault rejected.\n🚨 #COVID19 Update 🚨: Today, we joined the other eight English school boards in Quebec to declare that despite government deadlines, its elementary schools will not reopen until student and staff safety can be assured. Please see the following statement: https://t.co/b17k1M4XxJ— English Montreal School Board (@EnglishMTL) May 1, 2020\nThe English Montreal School Board (EMSB) has said it is working to comply with mandates from the Ministry of Education.\nBoth the EMSB and Commission Scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) have also outlined strict rules that teachers and students must follow once schools reopen.\nEn appliquant les consignes de la santé publique, on a évité les débordements qu’on a vus ailleurs dans le monde. Maintenant, si on veut retrouver un peu de notre vie normale, on doit rester très disciplinés. 🎥Suivez notre point de presse en direct 👇https://t.co/Elu9z3la59— François Legault (@francoislegault) May 7, 2020\nAs of May 7, there are now 35,238 confirmed cases in Quebec — an increase of 911. Another 121 deaths were recorded for a total of 2,631.\nStay tuned for more news.