By Kouki Onnagawa
Quebec has imposed a new Covid-19 curfew made to limit the spread of Covid-19. This is the first time such strict measures have been placed in Canada, and experts question if this is really the best way to handle the pandemic. New restrictions in Quebec include:
A tight curfew from 8 p.m to 5 a.m (excluding essential businesses)
Non-essential workplaces (excluding food delivery) closed
Religious areas closed
Stores will be closed at 7:30 p.m each day
This is the first time such restrictions have been held in place in Canada, and restrictions are expected to continue until the start of February. This has been in response to the increase in coronavirus numbers, as numbers are seen to be rising. But, the real question is, does this work? The answer, although not entirely proven, seems to be yes! Quebec has seen a slight drop in coronavirus numbers from when restrictions were in place. However, we do not know if these restrictions will really protect Canadians.
Should Toronto tighten restrictions? The answer may be yes. The increase in restrictions can be felt already as students are forced to stay inside, and schools are closed. However, this may not be enough. On January 9th, more than 3,400 new cases of Covid-19 were discovered in Ontario, with many more on the way. Increasing Covid-19 restrictions may be a crucial step in protecting the well being of Canadians.