The passage of the regions of Montréal, Chaudière-Appalaches and Capitale-Nationale in the orange alert zone marks a new stage in the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic in Quebec.
“For the Capitale-Nationale, this is very bad news because it is a situation that has not improved for a long time,” indicates pharmacist Diane Lamarre.
For the metropolis and the Chaudière-Appalaches region, this is a rather hard blow.
“It's really a mass coup, I would tell you, because a week ago, these two regions, they were still in the green zone. And there, obviously, we do not control the evolution of cases, “says Ms. Lamarre.
At a press briefing on Sunday, Quebec's Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, unveiled the measures related to the orange zone. Thus, private gatherings will be of a maximum of six people or two families.
In bars, alcohol can no longer be sold after 11 p.m., and the closing must take place at midnight. There will be a maximum of 6 people per table.
Three regions turn orange; Quebec is implementing new restrictions:
In restaurants, there may also be no more than 6 people per table. As for the bars, the end of the alcohol sale will be at 11 p.m. and closing at midnight.
In the orange zones, interregional travel is not recommended. The minister asked people in the orange zones to avoid assembling. “I ask you to make a special effort in the coming weeks,” he implored.
For CHSLDs, visits for humanitarian purposes and visits by caregivers are permitted. In retirement homes, a maximum of 6 people can be present in a rental unit.
But will the new measures be effective enough to curb the coronavirus in its tracks?
“It's still very tailor-made, I would tell you. Even if we find that each measure that is asked of us is important […], that does not seem to be sufficient to reverse the trends, ”Diane Lamarre analyzes.
In addition to the implementation of these new coercive measures, the expert sees them as a problem in the capacity of Public Health to carry out investigations.
“When we have groups of 250 people on which we must investigate, we realize that, quickly, we saturate the capacity of Public Health to reach people, to make them aware of the fact that they are probably carriers and therefore to stop contagiousness, ”explains the pharmacist.
Nevertheless, according to Diane Lamarre, reversing the trend remains possible, but changes will have to be made.