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A reminder that Argenteuil and the Laurentides will remain a red zone

The Laurentides health region of Québec is remaining for the time being a level 4 – maximum alert (red zone) while other regions of Québec are becoming orange zones.

The CISSS des Laurentides regional health authority is reminding residents of the importance of respecting the health measures and instructions in place.

The epidemiological situation in the region has remained stable in recent weeks, as the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths has declined slightly. However, with the emergence of new variants, the situation continues to be monitored very closely and requires greater caution.

Among the measures in force in the red zone:

  • curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • the reopening of non-priority businesses, including personal and beauty care
  • reopening of museums and libraries
  • resumption of outdoor activities bringing together a maximum of eight people.

The ban on gatherings in private homes and on private land and mandatory teleworking is maintained, and there are no changes to red zone rules concerning swimming pools, ice rinks and cinémas. In the red zone, the instructions concerning places of worship are also maintained, allowing the gathering of a maximum of 10 people, except for funerals which are limited to a maximum of 25 people.

In addition, certain extracurricular activities in preschools, elementary and secondary schools may resume beginning on March 15, in class groups only.

If the epidemiological situation remains favorable, additional adjustments could be brought over the next few weeks in terms of performance halls, places of worship and sports.

In all cases, compliance with health instructions remains essential.

“The vaccination operation represents a major source of hope at the present time. We are at working to vaccinate the most vulnerable in our community as quickly as possible. The arrival of variants of the virus requires further attention to be paid to compliance with protection. This is definitely not the time to let our guard down and I appeal to the sense of responsibility of every citizen in this regard,” said CISSS des Laurentides President and CEO Rosemonde Landry.

To find out more about the regional alerts and gradual response system, go to: msss.gouv.qc.ca/presse. To find out more about the coronavirus and the measures put in place: Québec.ca / coronavirus.