In his daily press conference since the new coronavirus pandemic began, the Prime Minister of Quebec, François Legault, accompanied by Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of the Economy and Dr. Horacio Arruda, Director of Public Health of Quebec, presented this Tuesday 28 April the plan of his government for a gradual reopening of economic activity in the province. Gradual reopening A reopening that will begin gradually starting next Monday, May 4, abroad in the greater Montreal region and on Monday, May 11 in the metropolitan area. Construction works (road and infrastructure works), companies in the manufacturing sector and shops that have a door facing the street may gradually open in May, this measure also includes warehouses that are located in shopping centers, but that have a door that leads to the outside. The idea is that you don’t want to run the risk of opening shopping centers and that you can’t respect social distancing.
The challenge of this measure is to reactivate the economy without rekindling the pandemic. Shopping centers will remain closed until further orders The Quebec government decided to extend the closure of businesses on Sunday with the exception of pharmacies, convenience stores, gas stations, take-out orders in restaurants and food delivery services. The Prime Minister added a very important angle and that is that this situation will be closely monitored by the Quebec Public Health Directorate to avoid an increase in the spread of the new coronavirus.
The entire reactivation operation will be accompanied by sanitary and hygiene measures supervised by the Committee on standards, equity, health and safety at work. After this announcement, the Confederation of National Trade Unions, CSN, one of the major trade union centers in Quebec, expressed concern about access to protection measures for workers. The CSN asks the government to give very clear directives to employers. The CSN highlights that numerous health and safety problems at work have occurred in relation to the spread of COVID-19, both in the private sector and in the public and public sectors. “We call on employers to be open and favor dialogue with unions. Many adjustments can be made in terms of schedules, work organization and implementation of measures that reduce the risk of the spread of the pandemic ”, says Jacques Létourneau, president of the CSN, in his statement.