Police busy in Montreal and Quebec as COVID-19 curfew is lifted –

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Police busy in Montreal and Quebec as COVID-19 curfew is lifted – fr


MONTREAL – Police were busy Friday night and all night long in Montreal and Quebec City where gatherings increased with the lifting of the curfew and the gradual relaxation of restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic .

In Montreal, people flocked to terraces, parks and other outdoor public spaces for the first time in months.

The Montreal police force (SPVM) deployed several police officers on the ground to disperse the crowd in the Old Montreal area as well as in Laurier Park, said SPVM spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant.

Other gatherings took place in the Old Port of Montreal as well as La Fontaine Park, Jarry Park and Laurier Park, but the atmosphere was rather festive and no incidents were reported by the police.

“We remind people that there is a social distance that must be respected. I would say that is the only point to point out. Yes, it was festive, but social distancing must be maintained, ”said Brabant.

Brabant added that the SPVM was not called upon to intervene.

“I would say that around midnight, half past midnight, people left without a fuss. Everything went very well, ”he said.

However, he cannot say whether tickets have been issued for non-compliance with sanitary measures.

“There are checks that will be made this morning on the tickets,” said Brabant. “We should have some figures later today to find out if tickets have been issued in relation to the sanitary measures that are still maintained. “

In Quebec, many people were in Victoria Park where the spirits were heated between two individuals.

The Quebec police force (SPVQ) had to intervene shortly after 9:30 p.m. when a young man in his twenties was stabbed.

“The victim was taken to hospital, but we are not afraid for his life,” said SPVQ spokesperson David Pelletier. “No suspect has been arrested yet. According to our initial information, the victim and his attacker knew each other. “

From Friday evening, the restaurant terraces located in the red and orange zones can accommodate a maximum of two adults of different addresses per table with children.

Outdoor gatherings are also permitted on private property and balconies for up to eight people from two family bubbles, provided physical distancing and mask rules are followed.

– this report by La Presse Canadienne was first published in French on May 29, 2021.

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