François Legault prefers to play it safe rather than adhere to the opinion of the Montreal Regional Public Health Department, which recommends relaxing the measures in the red zone by allowing, for example, two families to reunite.
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With 261 new cases reported today in the metropolis, “the battle is not won in Montreal,” the Prime Minister recalled at a press conference.
Thus, contrary to what Dr. Mylène Drouin, Montreal regional director of public health has been suggesting for 10 days, the Legault government does not intend, for the moment, to reopen gyms, restaurants and gyms. show.
“We don’t think it’s a good idea […] because they are opportunities to come together, not just inside the room, but at the entrance, at the exit. It is a message that we do not want to send until we are in better control, ”said Mr. Legault.
“Not ideal, as a situation”
The Prime Minister obviously did not appreciate seeing that the written recommendations of the Montreal Public Health had been disclosed in the media and then commented publicly by the Dre Drouin.
Opposition parties rushed Thursday morning to call on the government to release the October 26 document. It was finally Quebec solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois who tabled it in the House after obtaining a copy.
“It is certain that that leads to some confusion, and it is not ideal, as a situation”, commented François Legault.
The national director of public health, Dr Horacio Arruda, confirmed that the recommendations of the Dre Drouin had been the subject of discussions which did not lead to a consensus among the regional offices and which are still ongoing.
“There are writings that exist”, however confirmed the Dr Arruda, alongside the Prime Minister, who has refused for weeks to publish the opinions produced by Public Health, on the pretext that they do not exist.
One easing in sight
Pending the update of the measures in force, scheduled for next week, halfway through the 28-day extension decreed last week, Mr. Legault is at the very least considering a first easing aimed at allowing individual meetings.
“Can a youngster meet another youngster, or whatever age?” Could there be meetings, but one at a time, one person at a time? ” he let hover.
According to the rules currently in force, a college student who lives with his parents cannot receive a friend at home, since this privilege is only granted to people living alone.
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“I understand very well that there are people, currently, who are developing all kinds of mental health problems, because they haven’t been able to see other people for a long time,” admitted M Legault.