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February 17, 2021 – Provincial government update on the COVID-19 pandemic

Here is an update on recent decisions and actions by the Québec government in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Police surveillance operation

Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault confirmed that the police will be out in full force in all regions of the province between February 16 and March 7 to ensure that Quebecers are respecting the family bubbles and the curfew during spring break.

Ms Guilbault, who is also the minister of Public Security, added that all of Québec’s police forces will be involved in this massive operation estimated at 15,000 hours of work.

Law enforcement officers will pay special attention to places where people are likely to gather, such as tourist spots, chalets and hotels. The deputy premier stressed that the police will also intervene on skidoo trails, parks and skating rinks as well as in stores and malls.

Although the rules around sports and leisure activities have been somewhat eased for spring break, private gatherings continue to be banned and the curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. remains in effect.