COVID-19: An Entire Region Of Quebec Is Entering The Red Zone This Weekend
The transmission of COVID-19 continues to grow in some areas of Quebec. On October 21, the province announced that the entire Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec region has been declared a red zone.
Christian Dubé, minister of health and social services, announced that measures related to the maximum alert level will have to be in place as of Saturday, October 24.
All regional county municipalities (MRCs) north of Trois-Rivières, a city that was already in the red zone, are affected by this news.
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Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec enters the red zone
A statement from Dubé's office says that it has observed significant travel between orange and red zone sectors, which contributes to increased spread between communities.
The government would therefore like to remind people to avoid inter-regional travel if it is not essential.
"There is a worrisome increase in cases and community transmission in other sectors of the Mauricie region, which is why public health authorities have recommended this change for all MRCs," said Dubé in a statement.
Dining rooms in restaurants and bars in the area will therefore close as of Saturday morning.
Measures concerning school and sports will come into effect on Monday, October 26.
This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.