Reopening of shops on Sunday

(Montreal) Businesses are open again on Sundays in Quebec, after being forced to close their doors on Sundays January 2, 9 and 16.

Posted at 7:44 a.m.

This puts an end to one measure, among others, which had been put in place to try to limit the meteoric rise in hospitalizations linked to COVID-19.

10 days ago, Prime Minister François Legault said he hoped to be able to announce the reopening of restaurant dining rooms, performance halls and cinemas, among other places, in the coming weeks.

Amateur sports circles are also impatiently waiting to be able to welcome their groups of young people again.

The situation continues to improve slightly in Quebec hospitals.

According to data released Saturday by the Ministry of Health, the number of hospitalizations attributable to COVID-19 rose from 3,351 to 3,295 in the space of 24 hours. However, there were 275 people in intensive care, ten more than the day before.

If many expect relaxation of health measures with the drop in the curve of the fifth wave anticipated in the coming weeks, Quebec is still preparing to tighten the screw on people who are not vaccinated.

As of Monday, the vaccination passport will become compulsory for accessing large-scale businesses, the surface area of ​​which is greater than 1,500 square meters, with the exception of those whose main activity is the sale of groceries or pharmacy products. .

The Legault government is also considering imposing a “health contribution” on unvaccinated people, but the Prime Minister assured that there would be a debate in the National Assembly on the question. The bill could be tabled as early as next month.

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