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Eight Quebec regions downgraded from highest pandemic alert level

MONTREAL — Several Quebec regions are being downgraded from the highest pandemic alert level today, allowing restrictions to ease.

Premier François Legault announced last week that the COVID-19 situation had improved enough to allow eight different regions to move fully or partially from the red to the orange alert level.

Five regions, including Quebec City, will move completely to the orange level, which will allow gyms and restaurant dining rooms to reopen.

In the Chaudière-Appalaches, Estrie and Bas-Saint-Laurent regions, several municipalities will remain at the red alert level while the rest of the region moves to orange.

Montreal and Laval remain red zones, although the premier has said all regions are expected to be out of the province’s highest pandemic alert level by June 7 if all goes well.

The government eased restrictions to allow backyard gatherings across the province last week, and ended a nightly curfew that had been in place in many regions since January.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 31, 2021

The Canadian Press