Quebec records 71 new COVID-19 deaths, eases restrictions on outdoor gatherings

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Quebec's Public Security Department says two investigations have been launched into the death this week of a Montreal inmate from COVID-19. "I encourage teenagers and young adults to become monitors...it's a great experience".

As part of her briefing, the deputy premier also announced that public health has given Quebec the green light to ease outdoor gathering restrictions throughout Quebec.

He said there will be a variety of measures put in place, including smaller groups and physician distancing guidelines. "It's a habit that will be with us at least over the next few weeks".

There were 82 new deaths recorded in the last day bringing the total in the province to 3,800 deaths.

There are 1,504 hospitalizations due to COVID-19, down 41 from the day before.

Legault said the situation is improving and masks will be important given retail businesses with a dedicated entrance will reopen in Montreal, Laval and the surrounding suburbs on Monday.

"The pandemic hit us head on and created a humanitarian challenge, a health challenge and an economic one", Demers said.

Provincial parks began to partially reopen today, which triggered blockades from members of the Mohawk community of Kanesatake, who are preventing access to Oka provincial park, located north of Montreal.

On Wednesday afternoon, Guilbault said the government will also announce when beauty care practices throughout the province will reopen.

He said he would not pass judgment "on how a community protects its vulnerable members".

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