Two new isolated regions: Charlevoix breathe a sigh of relief

Deux nouvelles régions isolées: Charlevoix pousse un soupir de soulagement

Residents and elected officials of Charlevoix, quebec, can declare victory : the government Legault responded to their request to restrict the inputs and outputs in the region which are still popular in the last few weeks despite the instructions of isolation in force throughout the province.

A week after the deputy prime minister Geneviève Guilbault has announced the containment of eight regions, and the isolation of Charlevoix was “the logical continuation” of this measure to restrict the movement of interregional, according to the préfète de Charlevoix-Ouest and mayor of Saint-Urbain, Claudette Simard.

The subjugation of the region to this extent is going to eventually come to defeat the stubbornness of hundreds of visitors. And even some residents-again this week, announcements of individuals invited to come and live the pandemic in Charlevoix.

“It is a disgrace, especially as the instructions are clear for a week,” says Ms. Simard.

Outdoor enthusiasts were also likely to take advantage of the great outdoors charlevoix to enjoy their activities with a winter favorite, to the chagrin of many residents.

“There was a lot of back-and-forth,” observes the mayor of La Malbaie, Michel Couturier. One was not able to know if [the visitor] came for the right reasons. With the roadblock, all measures will be taken to isolate the area and be sure that they come for good reasons. ”

“We want to live in it with our people, among us, without the risk of contagion from the outside. In my opinion, it is legitimate for all regions. We are friendly people and it lives from tourism, but one is obliged to say, “stay at home” “, slice Claudette Simard.

“This particular measure has the objective of protecting the population of Charlevoix,” says the regional director of public health, Dr. François Desbiens, indicating that the region is nevertheless “relatively spared” for the time being.

Thousands of applications

The containment of the area was discussed for several days with Quebec, according to several regional elected representatives. A petition for the prime minister François Legault and a virtual group of residents, each catalyzing thousands of supporters, have added to the discussions behind the scenes to seek controls on the road.

“Public health has analyzed the situation and they have made a decision that is consistent with the expectations of the population “, writes the mayor of Baie-Saint-Paul, Jean Fortin.

The city of Rouyn-Noranda, other sector, which will henceforth be controlled, had formally asked the health authorities, on Friday, the confinement of the surrounding area. Abitibi-Témiscamingue, there were 76 cases on Saturday.

“The majority of cases are in Rouyn-Noranda. You really felt the concern and anxiety go up as much for our citizens and for all citizens of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, ” says the mayor of the municipality, Diane Dallaire.

Hard was on the horizon

The crisis that has befallen the planet could take on the look of a second misfortune in as many years for the merchants of Charlevoix, whose economy relies heavily on the tourism industry. After the g-7 in the summer of 2019, is that the various measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 threaten to erode their business during the summer period.

“This is a disaster this pandemic-where, economically, and experience the tourist boom “, leading the mayor of La Malbaie, without, however, calling into question the strong-arm policies in place.

“There are events that are beginning to be cancelled everywhere. More time passes, the more it becomes difficult, ” added the mayor of Baie-Saint-Paul.

“Between the 15 April and 1 may, there will be some important decisions to make, goes-t-he, referring to the Festive! Baie-Saint-Paul. It is clear that this is an important event. At the time when we close the region, it is difficult to imagine 25,000 people in Baie-Saint-Paul in July. “

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