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Quebec Resorts to Curfew Again to Slow Covid Hospitalizations

  • Canadian province closes restaurant, delays school return
  • Premier Legault says pandemic taught him he must act fast
Residents wait in line outside a Covid-19 testing center in Montreal, Quebec, on Dec. 22, 2021.
Residents wait in line outside a Covid-19 testing center in Montreal, Quebec, on Dec. 22, 2021.Photographer: Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg

Quebec, the Covid hot zone of Canada once again, is resorting to a curfew and adding another round of restrictions to stem fast rising hospitalizations. 

Starting Friday, residents of the mostly French speaking province will need to stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Premier Francois Legault said at a news conference Thursday. Restaurants will close, private indoor gatherings will be banned, and schools will only reopen from the winter break on Jan. 17 as the omicron variant pushes infections to records.