The four-week curfew intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across Québec takes effect at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 9.  It will continue from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly until February 8.

All citizens will be prohibited from being outside their residence or its grounds, except in the case of justified exceptions.

Police will act with discernment and judgment.  They will continue to ensure compliance with sanitary measures and can intervene if a person is outside their home during non-permitted hours. Violators face fines of $ 1,000 to $ 6,000.

Employers can provide a certificate justifying the necessary travel for their employees.

Here is a summary of the permitted exceptions to the curfew:

Persons who must report to their place of work

A person who must pick up the medication from a pharmacy that they need following a medical appointment

Persons who have to travel to or from a hospital, medical clinic, clinic, dentist or optometrist.

Any person who has to go to the bedside of a sick or injured relative

Students who must participate in a face-to-face evening course or in a laboratory in a recognized school

Any parent who must escort their children to the other parent who has custody of them

Persons returning from abroad due to work by a night flight and who must return to their residence

Any person who needs to fill up their vehicle with gasoline to get to work

Pet owners who need to allow their pets to “do their business.”

Any person who must accompany a person unable to drive to go to a medical appointment

Any parent who must accompany a sick child to the hospital

Parent who must drive their teenage children to work.

According to the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), there were 24,553active cases of COVID-19 across Québec as of Thursday, January 7.  There were 223,106 cumulative cases and 189,937 resolved cases as of January 7.

Overall, there were 2,941 new cases of COVID-19 across Québec as of January 7.

There were 1,403 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Québec as of January 7, and 207 of those patients were in intensive care.

There had been 8,606 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19 across Québec as of January 7.

Argenteuil situation

Active COVID-19 cases across the MRC d’Argenteuil decreased from 24 on January 7 to 21 on Friday, January 8.  There had been 359 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Argenteuil as of Friday.  Across the entire Laurentides region of Québec, there were 999 active cases of COVID-19 as of January 8.

The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in Argenteuil remained at 12 as of Friday.

As of January 8, no cases of COVID-19 were listed at long-term care facilities or retirement residences across the MRC d`Argenteuil.

The CISSS des Laurentides will open a new COVID-19 testing clinic in Lachute on Tuesday, January 19 at 634 rue Lafleur.  It will be open on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.