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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know this weekend

The Quebec government is asking police across the province to crack down on illegal private gatherings during the long weekend. Here's what you need to know.

Provincial police on the lookout for gatherings this Easter weekend

Some experts are calling for tighter COVID-19 restrictions in Montreal, following new measures in other parts of the province this week. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 1,154 new cases on Sunday and nine more deaths.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 316,112 confirmed cases and 10,693 people have died.
  • There are 502 people in hospital (an increase of one), including 128 in intensive care (an increase of four).
  • 41,073 doses of vaccine were administered in the last 24 hours for a total of 1,529,541 since Dec. 14. 

Provincial police are patrolling the streets of the province this weekend, on the lookout for indoor private gatherings. 

In a release the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) says officers have set up checkpoints to make sure people respect curfew this weekend, and says officers will also be on the lookout for gatherings in private residences and in public locations.

The SQ is especially targeting the Quebec City area, where there has been a surge in cases in recent days. 

A new Leger poll suggests Canadians are likely to disregard or ignore calls to skip the festivities this Easter weekend, with more than 40 per cent of respondents stating they feel safe attending family gatherings.

Meanwhile, a group of physicians, infectious disease specialists and other health experts say the Quebec government needs to shut down the Montreal region, before the spread of coronavirus variants spirals out of control.

They say the restrictions that were imposed on Quebec City, Lévis and Gatineau need to be applied to Montreal as well.

On Sunday, several municipalities in the Chaudière-Appalaches region were upgraded to the red zone due to a spike in cases.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

  • Fever. 
  • New or worsening cough. 
  • Difficulty breathing. 
  • Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
  • Gastrointestinal issues (such as nausea, diarrhea).  

If you think you may have COVID-19, the government asks that you call 1‑877‑644‑4545 to schedule an appointment at a screening clinic.  

To reserve an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, you can go on the online portal You can also call 1-877-644-4545.

Quebec government reminders for preventing the spread of COVID-19: 

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wear a mask or face covering when physical distancing is not possible. Wearing a mask is mandatory in enclosed public spaces across the province.
  • Stay at least two metres away from other people as much as possible. 
  • Self-isolate for 14 days after returning from a stay outside the country.

You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here


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