- Mayor Plante spoke today about preparations for COVID-19 in Montreal.
- She urged Montrealers not to panic and said the coronavirus is no excuse for discrimination.
- Here are al the ways the city is preparing.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante met with the media in Chinatown Thursday morning to announce the city's plans for the coronavirus outbreak. She assures the population that public workers are evaluating the situation and taking the necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Montreal. "The situation is evolving rapidly and the virus is spreading quickly. We’ve already cancelled some international events and we’re taking this seriously."
"The city is in constant contact with health experts from the federal and provincial governments," said Plante.
What's most important for the mayor is that the city doesn't fall into a panic. She also mentioned that far too many people are using the situation as an excuse to be discriminatory.
"It’s important that we follow the health recommendations and to respond to the situation without falling into panic," she said.
"It’s clear that fewer people are visiting Chinatown and it’s affecting the merchants here. The coronavirus is no excuse for discrimination and inappropriate gestures."
If you think you have symptoms, Mayor Plante recommends that you contact 811 or go to an emergency clinic.
Still, you shouldn’t clog up the emergency rooms if you have a common cold.
"Our health care system needs to stay fluid so our doctors can conduct the necessary tests," said the Mayor.