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Canada Coronavirus live updates: Partygoers and maskless protesters to face $1,000 fines – Legault

01:01  01 october  2020
01:01  01 october  2020 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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Quebec to impose $1,000 fines to party goers and maskless protesters

Premier François Legault on Wednesday blamed “the negligence of a minority” for Quebec’s mounting case count and hospitalizations.

“The situation is worrying and more than ever I’m asking Quebecers for at least one month to make sacrifices,” Legault said.

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He said stricter rules are needed in regions going into the red zone as of midnight Wednesday “because lives are in danger and we want to keep children in school and to protect our health system.”

Three parts of Quebec will go into red zones as of midnight Wednesday – Greater Montreal, Quebec City and much of the Chaudière-Appalaches region. They are to be on red alert for at least 28 days.

Legault said people who take part in house parties in those regions could face fines of $1,000 per person.

“They’re breaking the law and they’re putting the lives of others in danger,” Legault said.

If a homeowner refuses to collaborate with police, officers will be able to quickly get a warrant by phone to be able to enter houses and hand out tickets, Legault said.

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The premier said people who take part in protests but refuse to wear masks could also face $1,000 fines.

Outside gatherings are also forbidden. If people refuse to disperse, police can hand out tickets, Legault said.

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As of midnight, in red zones:

  • Visits to the homes of other people are largely banned.
  • Bars, casinos, movie theatres and performance halls must close.
  • Restaurants must close dining rooms but can remain open for delivery and pick-up orders.
  • Masks are mandatory during protests and in other outdoor situations where remaining two metres apart is not possible.
  • Places of worship can only welcome to 25 people at a time.
4:30 p.m.

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4:10 p.m.

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3:45 p.m.

LaSalle school says it doesn’t support student’s call for walkout

This is an update to a story I posted earlier.

A LaSalle high school is attempting to discourage a student walkout planned for tomorrow to protest the lack of access to online learning.

Read our full story , by Paul Cherry.

2:55 p.m.

Ottawa urges Canadians to download the COVID Alert app

Quebec has said it will soon adopt COVID Alert , the free exposure notification app being distributed by the federal government.

You can download the app in advance from the App Store (for iPhones) and from Google Play (for Android devices).

2:30 p.m.

Order takeout, support Montreal businesses as October lockdown looms: Plante

Mayor Valérie Plante today called on city residents to support local businesses — particularly those in the city’s pandemic-battered downtown area — as a provincially ordered lockdown loomed.

“It will be 28 days that will be particularly difficult for restaurateurs, bar owners and also the cultural milieu,” Plante said.

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2:15 p.m.

80 Montreal venues closing due to red alert: Quartier des spectacles

Moving to red alert will lead to the closure of almost 80 Montreal venues, including about 30 theatres and close to 30 museums, galleries and exhibition halls, as well as the cancellation of more than 150 shows and events in October alone.

That’s according to the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, a non-profit association of businesses in downtown Montreal’s festival zone.

In a press release, the Partnership said it’s “disappointed by the impact (moving to red alert) will have on culture, especially given the exemplary practices put in place by museums, presenters, venues, creators, artists and the many players in the field to make cultural activities safe.”

Many venues had “developed creative fall programming adapted to the pandemic and the public had responded very positively. Several shows, whose halls were limited to a reduced capacity, quickly sold out. To adapt to the new alert level, many of these venues, shows and events will now be turning to virtual programming.”

Monique Simard, chair of the Partnership’s board, called on Quebecers “to keep culture close to their hearts by participating in large numbers in these virtual gatherings.”

2:10 p.m.

Updated Montreal charts, maps

2 p.m.

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But neither the company nor the federal government will be more specific about when the test kits will start arriving other than “the coming weeks.”

The department posted news Wednesday of the approval of the Abbott Diagnostics ID Now test, which can deliver results within 13 minutes of a patient being swabbed, without having to first send the specimen to a lab for processing.

The approval came a day after Public Services and Procurement Canada signed a deal to buy nearly eight million of the tests from the company, as well as 3,800 of the analyzer units that process the results.

“Health Canada has delivered on approvals in a rapid way,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in question period.

It’s not rapid enough for provinces where cases are surging and people are waiting hours in line to get tested and sometimes more than a week to get their results.

1:55 p.m.

One-third of Canadians would rather change jobs than return to the office: poll

1:30 p.m.

Retail stores see most workplace COVID-19 outbreaks in Montreal

Retail stores are seeing the largest number of workplace COVID-19 outbreaks among employees on the island of Montreal, according to new data provided by the Montreal regional public health department.

As of Tuesday, 98 employees in 38 workplaces were confirmed to have COVID-19, all traced back to their place of employment, the figures show.

Under public health directives, retail stores can remain open in red zones.

Read our full story , by Linda Gyulai.

1:20 p.m.

Montreal office towers will be slow to fill up, new poll suggests

Montreal’s downtown core remains largely devoid of office workers, a new poll suggests — a situation that’s unlikely to improve much in the foreseeable future.

Sixty-two per cent of businesses that answered a recent Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal poll said the proportion of employees who are back at their desks is no more than 20 per cent.

Only 38 per cent of respondents said they expect to reach 25 per cent office capacity in November, while about 63 per cent said they would probably get there by January.

Find more details on the poll in our full story , by Frédéric Tomesco.

1:10 p.m.

Libraries in red zones can remain partially open

Quebec has reversed its decision to order libraries to close in red zones, according to the Association des bibliothèques publiques du Québec (ABPQ).

Only “contactless loans” will be allowed, the association, which represents more than 300 public libraries across the province, said in a press release.

Users will not be allowed to wander library stacks or use library facilities.

Eve Lagacé, director general of ABPQ, welcomed the government’s change of heart.

“The practice of reading is of great benefit to people of all ages at all times, whether for fun, education, development or learning,” Lagacé said.

“In the current context, reading is even more essential, if only to help preserve the mental health of citizens.”

12:45 p.m.

Mary Queen of the World Cathedral will host daily online masses in English

Under Quebec health directives, places of worship in orange and red zones can only welcome a maximum of 25 people at a time.

To reach those who might not be able to attend services, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal and Salt and Light Media today announced they will begin webcasting a live daily mass in English beginning on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown Montreal will host Sunday mass in English on Sundays 8 a.m. The mass will begin at 8:30 a.m., Monday to Saturday.

You can watch the masses live on the Salt and Light website and Facebook page .

12:35 p.m.

Restaurateurs try to remain positive despite daunting odds

It has been brutal enough for Montreal restaurateurs and barkeeps to stay afloat through the COVID-19 pandemic, reopen their dining rooms and bars for a few months and, now, shut down once more for at least 28 days as of tomorrow.

Who really knows how long this lockdown will last? And can takeout, if some offer it, really save them?

Bill Brownstein spoke to people in the food and beverage industry .

12:30 p.m.

Ontario could hit 1,000 daily cases in weeks

From The Canadian Press:

Ontario could see 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 a day by mid-October, the government predicted today, saying rising infections among young people were driving the spread of the virus among all demographics.

New projections show a recent upward trajectory in COVID-19, with Ontario’s cases currently doubling every 10 to 12 days.

Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, one of those who put together the figures, said a rising number of cases in those aged 20 to 39 are now contributing to spread of the virus across all age groups.

While young people with COVID-19 have lower mortality rates, they can transmit the virus to older people who are more at risk, he said.

“A large amount of infection among young people right now is likely starting to spill over, which is where we see the most tragic and most challenging consequences,” said Brown, who is the dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

The modelling also warns about the risks of increasing occupancy in hospital intensive care units.

12:20 p.m.

Hospitalizations nearly double in Montreal, but system still has lots of capacity

The number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in Montreal has nearly doubled in a week, with twice as many hospitals treating those with the pandemic illness, according to the latest figures by public health authorities.

Still, although the city is to be put on red alert as of Thursday, the city’s 21 hospitals are considered to be at the yellow pandemic risk because they have more than enough capacity.

Read our full story , by Aaron Derfel.

12:15 p.m.

How the pandemic has changed Montreal real estate

In Montreal’s hot real estate market, sellers hold all the cards.

Open houses are rare, due to COVID concerns.

And, as Montreal enters the second wave, vendors are demanding proof that buyers are serious before they open their doors. Buyers may be required to show proof of a mortgage pre-approval. In some cases, sellers are even requiring that buyers make an offer before visiting the property in person.

Read our full story , by Briana Doyle.

12:05 p.m.

CAQ rejects opposition motion to split off public-health briefings

The Coalition Avenir Québec government today rejected a motion, put forward by the Parti Québécois, to split off public-health briefings from ones held by political figures.

Unlike in some other provinces, in Quebec, the public health director has held most of his briefings while accompanied by government officials.

The opposition parties say Arruda’s role has become politicized.

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Town of Mount Royal closing three public buildings

The Town of Mount Royal says it will close three public buildings while Montreal is under red alert.

Quebec has announced that Greater Montreal will be under red alert – the highest alert level – for at least 28 days, starting tomorrow, Oct. 1.

The T.M.R. buildings affected are the Recreation Centre, Pierre Laporte Pool and the Reginald J. P. Dawson Library.

“All activities (courses, workshops, family swims, etc.) will be suspended at these three locations until at least Oct. 28, 2020,” the town said on its website .

“Only holders of an appointment will be able to enter a municipal building. Wearing a face mask is mandatory for those who have an appointment, as well as respecting all other current, standard health directives.

“Until further notice, the practice of outdoor activities (soccer, tennis, baseball, etc.) remains permitted if sufficient physical distance is maintained.”

11:20 a.m.

Updated charts: Quebec cases, deaths

11:15 a.m.

Hospitalizations reach 262 in Quebec, highest since mid-July

Quebec has recorded 838 new cases of COVID-19, the provincial government announced this morning.

It’s only the second time since May that Quebec has registered more than 800 new infections.

The seven-day rolling average of daily cases is now 743, the highest it has been since mid-May.

Montreal reported the most new cases of any region: 318. Quebec City was second with 134, followed by the Montérégie (97).

One new death was reported; it occurred between Sept. 23 and 28.

The number of hospitalizations increased by 15 to reach 262.

Quebec has not had this many people in hospital since mid-July.

Among those in hospital, 43 are in intensive care – two more than on the previous day.

After dipping to under 18,000 on Saturday, testing numbers continue to hold steady.

On Monday, 25,298 people were screened. That’s the last day for which testing data is available.

This chart shows the seven-day trend:

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10:50 a.m.

LaSalle student decries school conditions, calls for walkout

A LaSalle high school student is trying to organize a walkout at her school tomorrow and is hoping students at other schools will do the same to make the government aware of the conditions – including poor ventilation – that they are learning in during the pandemic.

When she first started planning the walkout a couple of weeks ago, she found little support from her classmates, 16-year-old Lily Rowe said. But when she put a petition on change.org to support her cause on Tuesday, she was surprised to see that more than 50 people had signed it within a few hours.

By 10:30 this morning, almost 1,000 people had signed.

Read our full story , by Paul Cherry.

10 a.m.

Pandemic angst rising in Canada: poll

Just under two-thirds of Canadians say the worst of the pandemic is yet to come, according to a new survey from the Angus Reid Institute.

That’s a reversal from June when almost that many people thought the worst was over.

The poll indicates Quebecers are among the most concerned about their personal risk and that faced by their friends and family.

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9:45 a.m.

Quebec to outline enforcement plans today

Making it clear police will not be authorized to enter people’s homes without warrants, the Legault government is to outline Wednesday the way it will apply and enforce a new series of health regulations designed to quash the second wave of COVID-19.

Read our full story , by Philip Authier.

Premier François Legault and Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault are scheduled to hold a press conferencer at 5 p.m. today.

I’ll provide coverage and a live feed on this live blog.

9:30 a.m.

How to protect your mental health during second wave

We need to go easy on ourselves, to be understanding toward those around us and to remember that everyone is doing their best to cope in a difficult situation, a mental health expert says.

Read our full story , by T’Cha Dunlevy.

9:20 a.m.

Montrealers can get tested at 20 clinics today

Montrealers can be screened at 20 test centres across the island.

You can check screening clinic wait times here .

a group of people that are talking to each other:  A nurse walks near people waiting for COVID-19 testing at CLSC Parc-Extension on Wednesday September 16, 2020. © Provided by The Gazette A nurse walks near people waiting for COVID-19 testing at CLSC Parc-Extension on Wednesday September 16, 2020.
9:15 a.m.

Province defends latest shutdown restrictions

Quebec says the measures that it is has adopted are targeting activities that appear to have the greatest risk or where public health officials have seen the largest number of community transmissions.

Read our full story , by Jason Magder.

8:45 a.m.

Quebec added almost 8,000 new cases over past two weeks

This was the situation across Canada as of last night, according to the Canada COVID-19 Situational Awareness Dashboard.

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8:30 a.m.

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