Quebec COVID curfew raises concerns over enforcement, profiling, advocates say

Quebec COVID curfew raises concerns over enforcement, profiling, advocates say”

"Maybe it causes people in the western provinces where they're not being that hard-hit right now to rethink what things they're not doing as far as infection prevention control", said Kindrachuk, pointing to widely varying school mask mandates as an example.

"There's no science that can tell you what measure will have what percentage effect", he told reporters. Canada continues to see increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases as the country reported a total of 626,174 cases and 16,361 deaths as of Wednesday evening, according to CTV.

Quebec Premier Francois Legault was expected to announce a severe lockdown across the province later Wednesday. Houle, however, said the industry is open to having new discussions with health officials and unions about stricter measures that would allow sites to stay open. The government is considering creating a document for people who have to be out after the curfew, which they can show police. Too many seniors are ending up in hospital after becoming infected in private homes, he said.

Under the curfew, people in the province have to be in their homes by 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. or risk a fine of up to 6,000 Canadian dollars. "It will be a lot more complicated for people to go in another person's house in the evening or the night". Pharmacies can stay open past 8 p.m. and restaurants will be permitted to continue delivering food after the curfew.

It will be the responsibility of anyone caught outside past curfew to explain themselves to police, she said, adding that employers are encouraged to issue permission letters to employees who need to be out late.

Police will have to use their judgment, Guilbault said. "I am confident they will apply the rules with a lot of judgment and efficiency".

When Premier Doug Ford was asked Wednesday about Quebec style curfews coming to the table, he could not take it completely off the table.

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A 2019 study commissioned by Montreal found that Black and Indigenous people were four to five times more likely to be stopped by city police than were white people.

That's why Quebec is trying something more drastic.

"In the week we receive them, we give them", he said.

The provincial government also announced additional restrictions in an effort to limit close contacts during the day. "We don't have enough doses".

Quebec reported 2,508 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 62 more deaths, including 17 that occurred in the previous 24 hours.

Dr. Donald Sheppard, chair of the microbiology and immunology department at McGill University, says Quebec's health-care system is under heavy strain, adding that surgeries and cancer screenings are being put off and intensive care units are filling up.

Quebec's INESSS institute, a government-mandated health-care think tank, warned on December 31 that hospitals in the Montreal area are likely to run out of dedicated COVID-19 beds within three weeks.

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