Two days after the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed COVID-19 as a pandemic, the Quebec government has decided to put in place drastic measures to try and slow the propagation of the virus as much as possible. Fortunately, there are only 17 confirmed cases in Quebec to date, versus 53 in British Columbia, 23 in Alberta and 60 in Ontario.

Here’s a summary of the measures being taken:
– All indoor events with more than 250 people are banned.
– All arenas, libraries, pools and sports centers will be closed.
– All schools, universities, CEGEPs and daycares will be closed for two weeks.
– Anyone coming from ANYWHERE abroad MUST self-isolate for 14 days.
– Anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms should also stay home for 14 days.

– Three clinics will be open to screen for COVID-19
– A new hot line (instead of the 811) was put in place for the COVID-19 outbreak: 1-833-784-4397

On the other hand, Montreal’s public transit system will remain operational.

You can stay updated on the current situation in Canada [here] and in Quebec [here].

A lot of businesses are encouraging employees to work from home starting next week. Hopefully, the only thing we will require is a sanity check after spending two weeks at home with the kids 😁!

In all cases, stay hydrated, wash your hands, isolate yourself for the coming two weeks and let’s hope the virus will be contained in the coming two or three weeks.