Premier François Legault recently announced that from January 9 to February 8, there will be a Quebec-wide curfew in which people will not be allowed to leave their homes between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. for anything other than work.
Anyone who's found outside after 8 p.m. "without reason" during this time will be subject to a $1,000-$6,000 fine, and the Premier implied that these new rules will apply to Quebec's homeless population as well.
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We want them to be indoors.
Premier François Legault
During the press conference on January 6, a journalist asked what the Premier's plan was for the province's homeless population throughout the curfew, to which he responded that they should "find themselves inside."
He further went on to claim that he believes "there are enough spaces available" for these individuals to be able to seek indoor shelter after 8 p.m.
Legault reminded the public that, "Police officers will be there to make sure everybody respects the rules."
Nakuset, executive director of the Native Women's Shelter in Montreal and one of the city's , expressed her shock over the Premier's comment on the matter via Twitter shortly after the press conference.
So...the Premiere just announced that the 8 pm curfew applies to the homeless population...and he believes there’s enough room at shelters🤯😡— Nakuset S (@Nakuset S) 1609974113.0
She continued, "This was a perfect opportunity for the Premier to create safe spaces during this second wave. Take care for those who are struggling."
"Instead, the homeless who can't find a place will be ticketed."