Quebec awaits lockdown news as province schedules Legault press conference
MONTREAL — Doctors, teachers, parents and many, many others are anxious for an update on Quebec’s lockdown plans, and they may soon get what they want: a rare 5 p.m. press conference now scheduled for Wednesday.
Late Monday afternoon, the province announced that Premier François Legault would be speaking on Tuesday at 5 p.m., along with Health Minister Christian Dubé and Public Health Director Dr. Horacio Arruda. A couple of hours later, a second announcement said the event had been rescheduled for the following day.
CTV has confirmed that the government is considering a strict lockdown, possibly accompanied by a nighttime curfew, which would make it the first Canadian province to take that measure.
A La Presse report claims that according to government sources, the lockdown will begin Saturday and will affect schools, offices, construction and manufacturing. Only basic necessities such as grocery stores and pharmacies would remain open.
In recent months, late-afternoon press conferences are fairly unusual and tend to be reserved for big announcements, unlike the daily COVID-19 updates, which are generally scheduled for 1 p.m.