Now that the long Easter weekend is over, it's back to reality for us in Quebec — a reality that includes the fact that François Legault will hold a press conference at 5 p.m. on April 6, a time that is, at this point, synonymous with a grave announcement

With COVID-19 variants and a third wave bearing down on the province, Legault's announcement on Tuesday could include further measures. 

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Quebec has already closed schools and non-essential businesses in Quebec City, Lévis, and Gatineau until April 12 and has changed the Outaouais, Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches and Bas-Saint-Laurent regions into red zones. 

Curfew is back to 8 p.m. in these regions.

If you'd like to watch the press conference for yourself, you'll be able to find it live on François Legault's Facebook page.

Which regions are in the red zone?

Along with the Outaouais, Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches and Bas-Saint-Laurent regions, Montreal remains in the red zone.

Special emergency measures” are in place in Capitale-Nationale, Chaudière-Appalaches and Gatineau.

The response came after a sharp increase in new cases and an outbreak at a local gym that has been linked to at least 141 cases.

What’s the COVID situation in Montreal?

According to data from April 1, the city has 116,200 confirmed cases.

Over the past 14 days, most cases have been recorded in the CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal and the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal.

During the Easter weekend, a collective of doctors and health care professionals called "COVID-STOP" demanded the “immediate reconfinement” of Montreal.

On April 5, Quebec recorded 1,168 new COVID-19 cases and administered 39,816 vaccine doses.