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Red alert level forces bars and restaurants to close in Montreal and people are divided

Parts of Quebec are now in a red zone meaning restaurants and bars are closing for 28 days and let's just say, people are divided. 

On Monday, Premier François Legault announced in a press conference that Greater Montreal, Quebec City, and the Chaudière-Appalaches region will be red zones for COVID-19 as of Thursday. 

In an effort to slow the second wave of the pandemic, cities and regions in the red zone will be forced to close restaurants, bars, casinos, movie theatres, and performance halls for the next 28 days. 

Besides this, visiting other people's homes is largely banned and masks will be mandatory during protests and other outdoor situations where social distancing is not possible. Only 25 people will be allowed in places of worship. 

Schools, however, will remain unchanged. 

"We're giving ourselves four weeks with these measures to see if we can stop the second wave," Legault said in a press conference.

"I hope we do, but I cannot and will not make false promises."

As news of restaurant and bar closures spread, many took to social media to express their frustration. 

"Montreal has closed restaurants, bars, theatres and museums for 28 days...lockdown here we come," someone else wrote

Others questioned why schools are still allowed to be open while other establishments had to close. 

"Schools reopened, and now 19% of schools have COVID cases in Quebec. Restaurants and bars reopened end of June. July and August had the lowest number of cases. But now we’re closing them and keeping schools open??? Make it make sense #Montreal #Quebec," a Twitter user added.

Despite the backlash, many also agreed with the new rules and restrictions in Quebec's red zones given the province's increasing number of COVID-19 cases. 

"As if I’m surprised that Montreal, Laval and surrounding areas are going into the red zone lol are we surprised anymore??? People still don’t know how to wear masks and STILL think going to restaurants is okay and schools are somehow open!!! I am so tired," someone said on Twitter.

Even some people from out of province applauded Quebec's coronavirus response and asked for the same to be done in other parts of Canada. 

Let's hope all of this works to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

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Government of Quebec


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