Regions relatively spared so far by the COVID-19 are inclined to see some of their health workers to go lend a hand in the most important foci of contagion in Quebec.
“Solidarity” was on all lips of the mayors surveyed by The Journal, in response to the directive of the health network of transfer professionals in hospitals and CLSCS less asked to key locations.
“If there is a state of emergency elsewhere in the province, and that here it is not sursollicité, why not ? “says Michel Couturier, mayor of La Malbaie, in Charlevoix.
Jean-Pierre Rioux, mayor of Trois-Pistoles
“Faster is going to be controlled the virus, which is the epicenter of the current, the better it will be for everyone. Where there is fire, it must go off “, insists Jean-Pierre Rioux, mayor of Trois-Pistoles, in the Bas-Saint-Laurent.
The mayor of Cowansville, Montérégie, ” encourages everyone who has the availability to go and give a helping hand “, provided that it is not “at the expense of our services,” she says.
No question of reopening
If the mayors are willing to see from the reinforcements to the metropolitan areas, however, there is no question of reopening, without limitation, access to the regions.
“There was 100% agreement to close the region, and it has brought a sense of security to the people. There are less than five cases in the RCN, and we want it to remain the same “, adds the mayor of New Richmond, Éric Dubé, who “doesn’t” feel the urgency ” to reopen the gaspé peninsula.
The feeling is similar in Charlevoix, where “things are going well, but it remains fragile,” in the opinion of the mayor of Saint-Siméon, Jean Fortin, also prefect of the MRC de Charlevoix-Est.
In the next year ?
In the margin of the re-opening of the regions raises the question of the tourist season, which threatens to evaporate, and that could hurt regions such as Charlevoix, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie.
The kick early is already hard to cash in for Jean-Pierre Rioux. In addition to fulfilling his duties as mayor of Trois-Pistoles, he is captain of a boat and a guardian of the île aux Basques for nearly 30 years.
“The mourning is already done” for this summer, coward, Mr. Rioux, resigned. “We’re not going on vacation to stay confined in a room. “
The mayor of Carleton-sur-Mer, Mathieu Lapointe, points out that the Gaspé peninsula has all the qualities to do well in spite of everything. “Even if there are no events or activities, we have when even the exceptional landscapes and big spaces,” he says.
– With the collaboration of Amélie St-Yves