Montreal's public health officials announced that the city will reserve 150 free street parking spots for all health care workers. At two hospitals, the CHUM and the Montreal Jewish General Hospital, health care workers who receive a free vignette will be able to park for free. Health care workers will also be able to benefit from free parking at the Palais des Congrès in downtown Montreal.
"These amazing people doing an incredible job working at the CHUM and the Jewish General Hospital will be given some of these stickers so they can park for free," confirmed Mayor Valérie Plante on Thursday.
Calling them "our health care angels," she praised the work done by frontline professionals who are fighting against the COVID-19 outbreak.
As a thank you to health care workers, the Quebec government will give a collective $287 million salary bonus to people dealing directly with infected individuals.
In addition to the new parking access, the Mayor announced an extension of the citywide state of emergency and said that the SPVM will increase patrols in six of Montreal's major parks to discourage large public gatherings.
"This is the last chance to respect public health rules before we close some parks," she wrote in her Instagram story Wednesday.
"When we take our individual responsibilities, we act for the common good."
#COVID19: @MTL_Ville is offering 150 street parking places for healthcare workers, located near the @chumontreal an… https://t.co/n3RjjzHWWe— Valérie Plante (@Valérie Plante) 1585855273.0
She additionally asked Montrealers to limit their travel within the city and stay in their own neighbourhoods.
"We ask everybody to stay in their neighbourhood, go to the grocery store in your neighbourhood, go to the pharmacy in your neighbourhood. It's very important to contain, as much as possible, the spread of the virus."
Montreal now accounts for 2,642 of the province's total of 5,518 cases.
#COVID19 - Au Québec, en date du 2 avril 2020 à 13h, la situation est la suivante : ➡️5 518 cas confirmés ➡️36 décè… https://t.co/6Z9eesnQe3— Santé Québec (@Santé Québec) 1585847132.0
Regional Public Health Director Dr. Mylène Drouin called the city the "epicentre" of the outbreak in the province.
Some areas, however, have been harder hit than others.
With 253 cases as of April 2, the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce has more infections than any other jurisdiction on the Island of Montreal.
The @SPVM ensures an increased presence and tickets will be given to offenders who do not respect the 2m distance i… https://t.co/Su3RcbuEq8— Valérie Plante (@Valérie Plante) 1585769322.0
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