Quebec premier tells young people to ‘respect the rules’ as emergency COVID-19 measures extended

Quebec is extending emergency measures for three regions as the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to gain steam in the province.

Premier François Legault announced the move Tuesday, saying schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed in the Quebec City, Outaouais and Chaudière-Appalaches areas until April 25.

“The situation is serious and could continue to worsen,” Legault told reporters.

Legault went on to say that “with the variant, no area is immune” but the province will not tighten restrictions in Montreal and the surrounding areas — for now.

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“We have two big months ahead,” he admitted.

He also addressed young Quebecers who are fed up with public health orders following two nights of anti-curfew protests in Montreal. The province rolled back curfew to 8 p.m. in the city over the weekend to limit the spread of the virus.

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Legault said he understands that people are tired of restrictions after 13 long months, but encouraged them to hang on a little longer.

“On the contrary, we must recognize all the efforts you made in the last year,” he said.

“But more and more young people are getting sick so please respect the rules to protect you.”

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