Legault Hinted At When Officials Will Decide To Lift The Curfew

He outlined some of the government's considerations.
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Quebec's Curfew To Last Until 'Vulnerable' Are Vaccinated: Legault

At a press conference on Wednesday, Premier François Legault announced an expansion of the orange COVID-19 zone to five of the province's regions and promised to present a plan to gradually reopen sports. As for Quebec's curfew, the premier suggested the situation is a bit more complex.

Officials' considerations about the curfew, he said, will depend on a number of factors, including "the evolution of the [COVID-19 virus] variant and the effects of March break in the days ahead."

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Is there a timeline for the lifting of Quebec's curfew?

No. Legault did state that he imagines lifting curfew when "vulnerable people" have received their COVID-19 vaccines, but he did not provide a timeline.

At the time of writing, most regions are only accepting appointments for vaccine doses from people aged 80 and up.

In Montreal, Laval and the Côte-Nord, the age is 70.

"It's difficult to predict exactly where we'll be. We know we have a few difficult weeks ahead of us," Legault said, later adding that this period of difficulty could last two to four weeks.

What are the curfew hours across Quebec?

Quebec's 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew first went into effect on January 9 for what was supposed to be a period of four weeks.

In orange zones, officials later pushed curfew back to 9:30 p.m.

As of March 8, only the regions of Montreal, Laval, Montérégie, Lanaudière and the Laurentides will still be in a red zone.

Thomas MacDonald
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Thomas is MTL Blog's Senior Editor. He lives in Saint-Henri and loves it so much that he named his cat after it. On weekdays, he's publishing stories, editing and helping to manage MTL Blog's team of amazing writers. His beats include the STM, provincial and municipal politics and Céline Dion. On weekends, you might run into him brunching at Greenspot, walking along the Lachine Canal or walking Henri the cat in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.
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