The mayors of several municipalities are calling on their citizens not to be tempted by the appeal of the bars and restaurants open in the orange zones on this Thanksgiving long weekend.
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“We are aware that a long weekend is a great temptation, but we ask people to resist,” said the mayor of Laval, Marc Demers.
He calls on citizens to discipline in order to avoid a rise in COVID-19 cases next week.
“We know it’s a sacrifice, but it’s necessary,” he added.
The mayor of Saint-Hyacinthe, Claude Corbeil, warns that indiscipline could push his city to go into the red zone.
“Saint-Hyacinthe is still at the orange level for the moment, but if the trend continues, it could switch very soon to the red level, as is the case in many neighboring cities”, he indicated by written.
The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) does not plan to set up roadblocks in the greater Montreal area to monitor movement between zones.
The police force however indicated, on Twitter, that it will still be present on the roads of the province to ensure the safety of motorists during this long leave.
SQ police officers will take advantage of their road safety operations to also educate “road users on travel according to the different levels of COVID-19 alert”, one can read in a publication.