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Montreal Is Extending Its State Of Emergency Yet Again

It has now been extended until May 5.

The City of Montreal first declared a state of emergency on March 27. On May 2, the decision for such to be extended until May 5 was announced. Although this does not mean that the city is under quarantine or confinement, officials continue to ask everyone to respect social distancing measures.

It was also extended on April 8.

The official press release confirms that "in accordance with the Civil Protection Act, the Executive Committee has renewed the state of emergency, until May 5, for the territory of the Montréal agglomeration."

The agglomeration of Montreal includes the metropolis and on-island suburbs.

Montreal residents have been asked to remain in their own neighbourhoods, to decrease the potential for transmission in-between areas.

Mayor Valérie Plante also recently requested that Montrealers start wearing protective face masks in any situation where the two-metre distance cannot be respected, such as in grocery stores.

With Montreal continuing to be the epicentre for the virus in Quebec, this extended state of emergency comes with little surprise.

But, what exactly does Montreal being in a state of emergency mean for us?

The official announcement reads "the local state of emergency grants exceptional powers to deal with the pandemic currently raging on the territory of the agglomeration, in particular by promoting the mobilization of the material and human resources required to combat COVID-19."

Basically, it puts higher stress on individuals to follow rules, since police officials get "exceptional powers" to enforce them.

Mayor Plante took to Twitter on May 2 to remind Montrealers that the battle is not over yet.

It has previously been threatened that all parks in the city would close if people did not follow social distancing measures in them.

Luckily, this has not happened. But, Legault has asked police officials to be less tolerant with individuals not respecting the rules, which can cause them to receive fines of $1000 to $6000.

When first announced, the Mayor specifically focused on the need for more resources for the homeless in light of the crisis. 

"This health crisis can not become a social crisis," Mayor Valérie Plante stressed.

Since then, various new daytime and nighttime shelters have been added to the city.