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: