The regions were looking forward to the re-opening of the “borders”

Des régions ont hâte à la réouverture des «frontières»

Stephanie Martin

Some regions of Quebec, where the number of positive cases COVID-19 is very low, wanted the government up as quickly as possible the measures restricting access to their territory.

“We expect to be part of the first wave of ads for the reopening of the regions, because our regional statistics are currently under control,” said Josée Néron, mayor of Saguenay.

That said, this last said to want to ” leave to the officers of the public Health of the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean and Quebec to make the decision when this will be appropriate “.

At Rimouski, the mayor Marc Parent sees the need for a ” déconfinement progressive well thought-out and well-supported. You can’t live in a vacuum waiting for a vaccine “, he says.

According to him, ” the reality in the Bas-Saint-Laurent is different from that of Montreal. It would be easier to allow a gradual opening of the shops and businesses here by establishing specific rules of safety “.

On the side of Rivière-du-Loup, the communications director, Pascal Tremblay, said the Town is waiting for the government directives. “It was the concern that it is done in a smart way and consistent “, he insisted.

Yesterday, the mayor of Québec, Régis Labeaume, has insured does not want to “put pressure” on the government regarding the terms and conditions of the déconfinement.

The word to the experts

The national Institute of public health of Quebec, which advises the government on best practices to adopt, considers that it is likely that there will be a reopening variable geometry of the regions.

“It would make sense that there are some differences in function of the transmission and the characteristics of vulnerability, remoteness, capacity of the network, from one region to the other,” said Dr. Chantal Sauvageau, medical doctor, specialist in public health and preventive medicine.

Ronald Labonté, professor and holder of the Canada research Chair on contemporary globalization and health equity, believes that the main difficulty to open some of the regions would be the influx of outsiders in a small community, which would put pressure on the supply and that would make it difficult estrangement.

Future Impact

Benoit Mâsse, professor in the School of public health, noted that the regions are spared for the moment.

“Invariably, at some point regions will be affected, unless they are sealed indefinitely “, avance-t-il.

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