The government will gradually reopen three types of Quebec businesses over the course of May. Gradually restarting the economy and evaluating its effects will be the focus of the coming weeks, said Legault. The three industries that will reopen are: retail (not including shopping malls), civil construction companies, and manufacturing.\nWhile shopping malls will remain closed, stores with their own entrances from the outside will be allowed to open.\n"In the short term, we don't want to reopen the shopping centres and then have the risk of having gatherings in the shopping centres," he said at Tuesday's press update\nStores will begin to reopen on May 4, except in the Montreal metropolitan area (CMM), where they will begin to open on May 11.\nCivil construction companies will be able to resume operations as of May 11 across the province. All roadwork and infrastructure projects are set to resume, said Legault.\nManufacturing industries are also back in business on May 11. Employees will need to follow strict social distancing rules in factories and job sites.\nThe public health directive for individuals to remain six feet apart will persist.\nThe government, in collaboration with the CNESST and workers' unions, decided that a progressive reopening of the economy was the best course of action moving forward.\nOn March 23, the government announced that all non-essential businesses must close until April 13. That directive was extended until May.\nLegault said that the gradual reopening through May for these three sectors will allow public health officials to continuously monitor the situation and its impact on the population.\nPierre Fitzgibbon, the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, said that the government "would not hesitate" to close businesses again if there is evidence of another outbreak.\nAujourd’hui, on vous présente notre plan de réouverture graduelle des entreprises. Notre défi, c’est de relancer l’économie sans relancer la pandémie. 🎥Suivez notre point de presse en direct 👇https://t.co/Rdu1uQEec7— François Legault (@francoislegault) April 28, 2020\nLegault stressed that public health is of absolute importance and that this shouldn't be treated as an invitation to resume life as it was before the pandemic.\nTo even consider returning to normal, the public must be vigilant. "You have to act like, basically, if everyone you meet has the virus," said Legault.\n"So be careful. That way, we will be able to gradually get back to a normal life."\nThe Quebec government will release more details about the gradual reopening of the economy over the next few days.\nOn rouvre les écoles et les services de garde pour des raisons sociales et parce que la situation est sous contrôle. On va continuer d’analyser la situation chaque jour et on va s’ajuster si c’est nécessaire. Voici les détails de la réouverture : pic.twitter.com/GQVAI9CQyr— François Legault (@francoislegault) April 27, 2020\nSchools will also gradually reopen in May, with elementary schools and daycare centres welcoming children beginning May 19 in the CMM and May 11 in the rest of Quebec.\nUniversities, high schools, and cégeps won't reopen until the fall semester.\n#COVID19 - Au Québec, en date du 28 avril 2020 à 13 h, la situation est la suivante :25 757 cas confirmés178 715 analyses négatives (cas infirmés)1 625 personnes hospitalisées1 682 décèsPour en savoir plus sur la situation au Québec : https://t.co/fiqW5E4y8R— Santé Québec (@sante_qc) April 28, 2020\nAs of April 28, there are 25,757 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Quebec.\nStay tuned for more news.