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Legault says police will issue fines for not following COVID-19 gathering and travel rules in red zones

The Premier of Québec has clarified the rules to prevent COVID-19 transmission in areas designated red under the province`s regional alert system.

According to reports on Wednesday evening, François Legault explained that in red zones, all indoor and social gatherings of up to 25 people are forbidden.  If police are not allowed to enter a residence where they suspect an unlawful social gathering is taking place, they can obtain a warrant by phone, enter the premises, and issue fines.

The Premier explained that residents of red zones cannot travel to other non-red designated areas to shop or eat at restaurants.  Fines will be issued if customers from red zones are suspected of travelling to other areas for dining or business.

Legault said that residents of red zones may travel to orange, yellow, or green designated areas to go to hunting camps or chalets, but they must take all of their own provisions with them.

Protesters who do not wear masks while demonstrating will face fines of up to $1,000 and other violators of the regulations on gatherings and travel will face fines of up to $6,000.

Effective October 1, the MRC d’Argenteuil is under an orange designation.  The neighbouring Ville de Mirabel, MRC Deux-Montagnes, and MRC Rivière-du-Nord are red zones.  The Outaouais region to the west is also an orange zone.

The map of COVID-19 alert zones for Québec can be viewed at: https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/progressive-regional-alert-and-intervention-system/map-of-covid-19-alert-levels-by-region/

James Morgan

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