The state of emergency lifted in Quebec
The state of health emergency is officially lifted in the province. The Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, made the announcement on Wednesday.
The state of emergency was declared on March 13, 2020 and has been renewed since. It lasted 26 months.
Although the virus is still present, the epidemiological situation has greatly improved in recent weeks in Quebec. Thus, our government, with the adoption of the bill and as it had promised, is lifting the state of emergency.
Different aspects of the’ health emergency have been lifted in recent weeks, but not the wearing of a mask in public transport (in buses and metro cars) and in certain establishments offering health care, which remains compulsory. This measure will be maintained until Public Health recommends that it be withdrawn, warns the government.
The state of emergency allowed the Legault government to manage the pandemic using decrees. He could thus govern without going through the debates in the National Assembly.
A state of health emergency can be declared when the government considers that a threat to the health of the population requires the immediate application of certain measures. It authorized, for example, the Minister of Health and Social Services to proceed without delay with the purchase of equipment, or to enter into contracts deemed necessary to protect the health of the population.
Since a few months, however, the opposition parties criticized its renewal, considering that this state of emergency was less and less necessary.
The province is currently in a pandemic trough. The latest report on hospitalizations in Quebec bears witness to this, reporting a decrease of 42 hospitalizations due to COVID-19, for a total of 1,139 people bedridden in hospitals.