All Quebec dining establishments, shopping malls ordered to close | Dished

James Marshall
March 23, 2020

Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Outaouais on Sunday.

Premier Francois Legault announced on Sunday that starting at midnight, all shopping malls will have to close their doors until May.

Legault reminded reporters in Quebec City that an increase was expected due to a rise in testing, and that it was too soon for recent social distancing efforts to have a positive impact on the numbers.

The woman, who is potentially contagious, was arrested at around 2 p.m. ET Friday while out for a stroll, by order of the regional public health authority. "But we think at this stage we have to go a little further, have to intensify our measures".

Quebec's Public Health Act gives authorities broad powers during a public health emergency if someone jeopardizes the health and safety of others.

He said high school provincial exams would be cancelled, even if classes can resume.

"We're doing a lot to secure the population but still, some people walk with the disease right now", said Mayor Pascal Bonin.

"This is the first time that we have executed this type of warrant", said police spokesperson Sandra Dion. The closure will run until at least May 1.

There are now five confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Outaouais, which includes Gatineau.

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