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North Shore Returns to Yellow Alert Level 2 this Friday

CFBS NEWS BLANC-SABLON - MARCH 22, 2021 - Alert level changes come into effect for the region on Friday March 26th

After months of restrictions be tightened in the region, the North Shore will be returning to alert level 2 – Early Warning (yellow zone), on Friday March 26th, along with Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Northern Quebec.

The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de la Côte-Nord issued a press release last week to remind the population of the adjustments made to the measures currently in place, and the importance of continuing to follow the health safety measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. They ask that the population continue to follow the health instructions and notes that people aged 10 years and over are still required to wear a face covering in interior public places. “These adjustments are the direct result of your respect of the measures, and for that, we thank you. With the increasing proportion of cases related to variants, the situation remains delicate, and we must stay vigilant if we want the North Shore to remain a yellow zone for several weeks or months. Remain careful, get tested if you have symptoms and get vaccinated when it is your turn,” says Dr. Richard Fachehoun, medical specialist in public health and preventive medicine.

​Here are some of the measures for yellow zones that will come into effect on Friday:

  • No more curfew;

  • Gatherings in private homes and on private yards are allowed but limited to members of two households;

  • People from two households can share a table in a restaurant;

  • Places of worship are now limited to a maximum of 250 people (except for funerals and weddings, which are limited to 50 people, excluding the staff of the funeral establishment and volunteers inside or outside the building. A record of attendance is mandatory);

  • Activities organized in a public place are limited to the occupants of two private residences, except for funerals. Moreover, neither alcohol nor food may be served. Demonstrations are permitted, but wearing masks or face covers is always mandatory;

  • Teleworking is no longer mandatory, but still recommended;​

  • Travel between regions and cities not recommended (except for essential travel: students, workers, shared custody, freight transportation, medical, and so on).

For more information about the coronavirus and the measures in place, visit Qué

CFBS also asked the CISSS de la Côte-Nord if there would be any changes to the entry protocol to the region regarding travel. Pascal Paradis, Communications advisor for the CISSS de la Côte-Nord, confirmed by email that there are no changes at this time.

This means that anyone travelling for more than 24 hours outside of the region are asked to respect the isolation requirement and Covid testing protocol.

Abbygail Wellman

CFBS Journalist

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