COVID-19: Quebec looking to unveil a pandemic reopening plan like Saskatchewan

Quebec Premier Francois Legault delivers remarks during a news conference in Montreal on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Quebec Premier François Legault wants to unveil a roadmap to reopening the province and lifting COVID-19  restrictions in the coming weeks.

He said he wants to have a plan similar to Saskatchewan, which announced a three-step outline this week to ease measures based on attaining certain vaccination levels.

“What I like about the three steps of Saskatchewan is that it goes just to the end,” Legault said.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe described the plan as “very cautious and measured,” saying it will allow people to know what it will take to get back to a sense of normality. The three phases will unfold over the coming months, but it also relies on the province receiving its expected number of vaccines on time.

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Legault apparently sent that roadmap to Health Minister Christian Dubé, saying he would like to propose something along those lines in Quebec.

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However, Legault acknowledged Thursday that easing the restrictions in place to keep the novel coronavirus at bay will depend on both vaccination rates in the province as well as the pandemic’s progression in each region.

Legault added it is important that Quebecers know “what is coming” this summer as cases drop and vaccination picks up.

“Every day, I have people ask me: ‘Let’s say that we are four families who are all vaccinated, when are we going to be able to have a party at home?'” Legault said. “It has to be in the plan.”

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With files from The Canadian Press

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