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COVID-19: What is and isn't restricted in Montreal during red alert period

The Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches regions will also be designated red zones.

MONTREAL, QUE.: JULY 8, 2020 -- Terraces take up most of Bernard Street In Outremont on Wednesday July 8, 2020. The city of Montreal has waived almost all of the usual terrace fees for restaurants and in many locations allowed the restaurant to expand its terrace right into the street. (Pierre Obendrauf / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 64702

Private gatherings: While at home, people will not be allowed to receive visitors, but there are exceptions. For example, an elderly person can be visited by a person who is caring for them in their home. Also, a person who lives alone can receive one visitor. People who need work done on their homes can have it done by one worker. For example, Legault said, if a person needs plumbing done, the work will have to be done by one plumber. A babysitter is also allowed inside a home.

Public venues like cinemas, libraries and museums: All will be closed for 28 days. Legault said his government is already working on ways to possibly compensate owners of businesses like cinemas and museums that will lose revenue from being closed for nearly a month.

Restaurant dining rooms, bars, brasseries, taverns and casinos: All will be closed for 28 days. Restaurants will be able to offer other services like delivery and takeout.

Businesses: Some businesses that were closed during the spring are allowed to stay open including stores, boutiques, hotels, hairdressers and barbers. Legault said most businesses can remain open “if they respect public health rules.” Dr. Horacio Arruda said the government recommends employees “telecommute as much as possible.”

Inter-regional travel: Legault said Monday that he “strongly recommends” that people not travel to a different region in Quebec. When he was asked if police might be called in to prevent people from travelling from one region to another, as has been done in the past, Legault said he would not rule it out.

While saying his government had to make difficult decisions with “a heavy heart,” Premier François Legault announced that three regions, including Greater Montreal, will be considered red zones for 28 days beginning on Thursday.

The Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches regions will also be designated red zones and will have restrictions that resemble those put in place during spring months after the pandemic hit the province earlier this year.

Legault said the decision was made to protect schools and to avoid seeing hospitals become overwhelmed.

“Our objective is to protect the schools. This is important. Maybe one per cent of students have seen their class be closed. There is unfortunately an increase each day, but almost the majority of children, 99 per cent of children, can continue to go to their classes and it has to stay like that,” Legault said.

Here’s a summary of what is and isn’t restricted from Oct. 1 to Oct. 28:

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