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Quebec Lifts Curfew as Covid Hospitalizations Near Peak

  • Province to require jab proof at large, non-essential stores
  • Province has become Canada’s hotzone for Covid yet again
A nearly empty street during a curfew in Montreal on Jan. 3, 2022.

A nearly empty street during a curfew in Montreal on Jan. 3, 2022.

Photographer: Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg

Quebec said it will lift a curfew and reopen schools on Monday, the first step in easing some of the most stringent rules in North America against the omicron variant. 

The number of hospitalizations is expected to peak in the coming days, confirming that the government put the right measures in place and enabling some loosening, Premier Francois Legault said at a news conference Thursday. The curfew, running from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., came into force Dec. 31. It was the second time the province had resorted to it.