Canadian Press NewsAlert: Quebec imposes earlier curfew as COVID-19 case count rises

MONTREAL — The Quebec government is imposing an earlier curfew for Montreal and the suburb of Laval as it tightens COVID-19 restrictions for the second time in three days.

Premier Francois Legault announced that beginning Sunday, people in Montreal and Laval will have to remain at home from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. or face fines of more than $1,000.

Last week, Legault placed Quebec City, Levis and Gatineau under the earlier curfew, advancing it from the previous 9:30 p.m. start.

The government also closed schools and non-essential businesses in those three cities for at least 10 days, and Legault announced today that those measures would be prolonged until April 18.

On Tuesday, Legault announced that gyms in COVID-19 red zones, including Montreal, had to close effective today and places of worship had to limit attendance to 25 people.

Quebec reported 1,609 new infections today, the highest daily tally since Jan. 21.

More coming.

The Canadian Press

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