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Monday, February 26, 2024

Quebec government encounters backlash for 2nd curfew


Key takeaways: 

  • Critics state there is small proof curfews slow transmission of COVID-19.
  • The 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew is planned to aid prevent the climb of COVID-19 infections.

Quebec’s curfew planned to prevent covid-19 cases: 

Quebec is one of the rare jurisdictions in the world to set a curfew in the pandemic — let sole do it twice. 

Thanks to faith in a strong regional government, the first curfew was normally taken by the population, according to McGill University political science Prof. Daniel Béland. 

But since Premier François Legault declared Thursday that Quebecers would once again be stopped from exiting their residences between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. beginning Dec. 31, he seems to be accepting more fuss this time about. 

The severe public health action was criticised by 13 academics and public health specialists in an open letter published on the website Pivot the exact day Legault made the declaration. Members of all three rival parties in Quebec have also condemned the curfew since then.

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Quebec’s government faces backlash for the 2nd time for the 2nd curfew

The open letter stated that most outbreaks throughout the pandemic in the region have taken place in schools, daycares and workplaces. 

“At best, the curfew is a mess,” the letter stated. “At worst, it is a punishment on people to mask the negligence and systemic inaction in managing the pandemic.” Source –

One of the letter’s signatories, Jean-Sébastien Fallu, a Université de Montréal teacher, stated the curfew may do more damage than exemplary, particularly for marginalized populations.

“It has an effect, even at 10 p.m., for many individuals: sex workers, people on the street, people living with violence at home,” Fallu stated. Béland, who was not one of the individuals who marked the letter, stated the complaint has come from beyond experts and general opponents of public health efforts. Source –

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