The Government of Quebec has announced a "National Day of Remembrance" to honour the victims of COVID-19 on March 11, about one year after the first pandemic-related closures struck the province.
In a Facebook post, Premier François Legault said that "we have a duty and a responsibility, as a government and also as a people, to take time out and honour the memory of those who have lost their lives."
On its website, the government explains that the occasion will allow Quebecers to "take some time out and pay tribute to the victims of COVID-19, as well as to their families and loved ones."
"It will also be an opportunity to salute the invaluable contribution of all the trades and members of civil society who are on the front lines to fight COVID-19."
In the morning, all public government buildings within the province and abroad will fly the flag at half-mast to honour the victims.
From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., a ceremony will take place in front of the National Assembly.
Finally, at 1 p.m., "the entire population of Quebec will be invited to observe a minute of silence."