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Malls will reopen in most of Québec on June 1, special culture budget on the way

During his press briefing on Monday, May 25, Québec Premier François Legault announced that shopping centers will be able to reopen outside the Montréal Metropolitan Community (CMM) on June 1 and that several other sectors will be the subject of a reopening announcement in the coming weeks.

Québec has also published an update of its multi-phase, gradual deconfinement plan.  The implementation of this deconfinement plan is conditional on the evolution of the epidemiological situation in all regions of Québec.

“And for the other sectors, we have to go gradually so as not to overload our hospitals, where the staff situation is always precarious,” said Legault.

In addition to shopping centers, opening several other sectors are currently being worked on by Québec’s workplace health and safety standards agency the CNESST, and public health authorities. Guides setting out the reopening procedures in each sector are being prepared and will be distributed in the coming days and weeks.

The Premier gave examples of sectors that will soon reopen.  They include campsites, places of worship, restaurants, bars, gyms, professional sports and hotels.

Cash for culture

Legault also had a special message for artisans from the cultural milieu.

“Quebecers need to see their artists. I have a meeting this afternoon with the Minister of Culture. We will release a special budget for culture. It is important for the morale of Quebecers,” said Legault.

You can read the update of the Government of Quebec’s gradual deconfinement plan by consulting the following link: www.quebec.ca/sante/problemes-de-sante/az/coronavirus-2019/reprise-graduelle- activities-measures-slowdown-covid19 /