Quebec records 71 new COVID-19 deaths, eases restrictions on outdoor gatherings

Pablo Tucker
May 23, 2020

On Monday, Montreal retailers with direct street access will be allowed to open, finally joining other retailers across Quebec who were given the green light to reopen two weeks ago. "I encourage teenagers and young adults to become monitors...it's a great experience".

"But it's very important for kids to play outside, to play together", Legault said. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Deputy Premier Genevieve Guilbault.

Quebec's public health director, Dr. Horacio Arruda, said the the biggest group of campers will be for the older age group and will see 10 children to one camp counsellor.


He said there will be a variety of measures put in place, including smaller groups and physician distancing guidelines. "With these rules, we will have a better effect than if it's done clandestinely, because at least we will be able to know who went with whom".

Quebec has now had 3,718 deaths as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and on Wednesday health authorities announced that the province now has a total of 44,775 confirmed cases. He added that there are 13,300 confirmed recoveries in the province.

Legault said the latest statistics regarding COVID-19 are on a downward trend and encouraging, in order to prevent a spike in infections the premier recommended wearing a mask when out in public, especially on public transit.


There are 1,504 hospitalizations due to COVID-19, down 41 from the day before.

In Ottawa, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller described the set-up outside the park entrance as a security checkpoint and said discussions are ongoing between the community and his provincial counterpart in coming to a resolution.


Other reports by iNewsToday

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER