The Quebec government is asking non-essential businesses to close their doors as cases of novel coronavirus continue to rise in the province.
As of Sunday, there have been 39 confirmed cases including one child. 1,186 people are under investigation and awaiting their test results while 1,890 tests have come back negative.
At a press conference on Sunday, Premier François Legault asked that establishments including bars, cinemas, gyms, ski hills and more, close indefinitely.
Legault also asked that restaurants in the province limit their capacity to 50 per cent and seat parties far apart.
The government is also asking companies to allow employees to work remotely and that all seniors over 70 stay home.
Quebec’s Education Minister Jean-François Roberge also announced on Sunday that due to school and daycare closures, “essential care service workers” can drop off their children at special emergency child care centres.
Starting Monday, 400 sites will be open and located near health services across the province.
The government clarified that “essential care service workers” includes healthcare employees, police officers and firefighters.
The child care centres will welcome children aged 4 to 13. The government asks that concerned parents register their children and get more information here, but added that the centres will accept last minute drop-offs without registration.
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