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Quebec lifts COVID-19 curfew on Monday

Quebec lifts COVID-19 curfew on Monday

Quebec Prime Minister says the COVID-19 curfew he imposed in December in the French-speaking Canadian province will be lifted on Monday

MONTREAL — Quebec’s premier said on Thursday that the COVID-19 curfew he imposed in December in the French-speaking Canadian province will be lifted on Monday.

The 10pm to 5am curfew was reinstated on December 31 after being in place for nearly five months between January and May 2021.

“The wave of hospitalizations is expected to peak in the coming days. We are moving in the right direction, but we have to be very careful,” Legault said.

Legault also announced that the province’s vaccine passport will be extended to major retail outlets, excluding supermarkets and pharmacies.

The federal government, meanwhile, said a vaccine mandate for truck drivers entering Canada from the United States will go into effect this Saturday as planned, despite a previous statement by the Canada Border Services Agency that Canadian truck drivers would be exempt.

In a press release, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, along with Transport and Public Security ministers, say Wednesday night’s statement from border services was “mistakenly” and that Canadian truck drivers should be vaccinated if they are quarantined and pre-qualified. – arrival molecular test, starting this weekend.

Cabinet ministers say unvaccinated US big riggers will be returned at the border as the US prepares to impose similar restrictions on Canadian truck drivers on Jan. 22.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance and the American Trucking Associations say up to 26,000 of the 160,000 drivers who regularly travel cross-border will be sidelined as a result of the mandate, adding further bottlenecks and potential price hikes to the flow of goods ranging from food to medical devices.