“Given the critical situation, we have to act,” Legault said.
On Tuesday, Legault identified five problem regions, including the Outaouais (Gatineau), Capitale-Nationale (Quebec City), Lac-St-Jean (Roberval), Bas-St-Laurent (Rivière-du-Loup) and Chaudière-Appalaches.
On Wednesday, with the exception of Lac St-Jean, those regions moved back into red status from orange.
Also on Wednesday, Quebec City public health officials ordered the closing of a gym where there was an outbreak of COVID-19. A total of 68 cases have been linked to the Méga Fitness gym.
Mathieu Boivin, a spokesperson for the regional health authority, told Presse Canadienne that officials inspected the gym Tuesday and concluded it wasn’t taking proper steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
He said clients at the gym had been linked to at least eight other workplace outbreaks.
“All activity on this site is banned until further notice,” Boivin said.
Last August, an outbreak at a Quebec City karaoke bar, Le Kirouac, sparked the banning of karaoke in the province’s venues.
Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume said Wednesday he was very worried about the case numbers.
“We are in an extremely dangerous situation,” a shaken Labeaume told reporters. “For me, things have become dangerous. We will let the governments take their decisions. We will apply them. But it’s very, very, very worrisome because the contamination is exponential.
“We are approaching 200 cases a day. That’s a lot. I can’t tell people enough that they have to be careful.”
Legault warned Tuesday he might have to act to deal with the five regions before the Easter weekend, which traditionally sparks family gatherings.
“We are seeing the problem is not the rules in place, but the people who do not follow them,” Legault said at a pandemic news conference. “In Montreal, the situation is stable. These regions are not at the level of Montreal, but there’s a bad tendency, a bad trend.”
On Wednesday, Quebec announced a total of 1,025 new cases for the province, the most in seven weeks. There were nine more deaths. There were 485 hospitalizations, two fewer than a day earlier.
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