The agglomeration of Montreal has extended the local state of emergency for a period of five days.\nA statement explains that the declaration gives the agglomeration "exceptional powers" to deal with the pandemic.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nMontreal is extending its state of emergency for a period of five days. The announcement was made via a statement posted to the city website. The extension applies to the whole territory of the agglomeration of Montreal, including the metropolis and on-island suburbs.\n"The state of emergency grants exceptional powers to the urban agglomeration, enabling it to face the current pandemic across its territory," the statement reads.\n"It also enables the urban agglomeration to mobilize the necessary resources and workforce to fight COVID-19 and provides the latitude required to respond efficiently to ensure the wellbeing of its population."\nWhen she initially announced the declaration on March 27, Mayor Valérie Plante explained that the state of emergency empowered the city to be more responsive to the needs of the homeless population, specifically.\nSince then, the city has established a number of additional daytime and nighttime shelters.\nThe state of emergency does not mean that the city is in confinement or under lockdown, though the Mayor has asked that residents remain in their own neighbourhoods if they have to leave their homes.\nPremier Legault has also requested that no one leave or visit Montreal, which has been dubbed the "epicentre" of the outbreak in Quebec.\n#COVID19 : L'agglomération montréalaise prolonge l'état d'urgence pour une durée de 5 jours. Lire le communiqué : https://t.co/IF3wjK23WL pic.twitter.com/KmZ4kmLKmH— Ville de Montréal (@MTL_Ville) April 8, 2020\nBut though the city is not under a stay-at-home order, residents are subject to strict social distancing measures.\nAll gatherings are banned and individuals who are not members of the same household must maintain a two-metre distance from each other.\nFailure to comply could result in a fine of between $1,000 and $6,000.\nThe Mayor has also threatened to close public parks if Montrealers openly disregard social distancing rules.\nAlready, several public spots have been closed to avoid crowds.\nMontréal has cancelled all cultural and sporting events on its territory until July 2, in order to limit public gatherings. It is a difficult decision because Montreal is a known destination for world class events and festivals. And we will be there to support our partners.— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) April 7, 2020\nQuebec is approaching the projected peak of the outbreak on April 18.\nIn total, public health officials are expecting between 1,263 and 8,860 deaths, based on scenarios released Tuesday.\n#COVID19 - Au Québec, en date du 8 avril 2020 à 13h, la situation est la suivante :10 031 cas confirmés99 239 analyses négatives (cas infirmés)632 personnes hospitalisées175 décèsPour en savoir plus sur la situation au Québec : https://t.co/fiqW5E4y8R— Santé Québec (@sante_qc) April 8, 2020\nStay tuned for more news.