People across wide swaths of Quebec woke up to a new government mandate this morning: obey restrictions and measures put in place to combat COVID-19 or face some very stiff fines.
People in the "red" area - The maximum level of the government's four-level alarm system - You can not invite guests to your home and it is advisable to limit social interactions by restricting indoor and outdoor gatherings.
The alert level will remain in effect for 28 days.
He also said outdoor gatherings require two meters of spacing. Drouin was joined by Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante, who told people to follow the 28-day lockdown orders imposed by the province, which prohibit private indoor gatherings among people of different addresses.
Quebec reported 16 more deaths on Thursday and 933 new COVID-19 cases. "We want to keep our children in schools", he said.
"The situation is getting serious and the number of cases is increasing", said Legault. "What it's all about right now is no gatherings, no meetings whatsoever", she said.
Montreal restaurants and bars will be closed starting October 1 for the rest of the month as the province continues to battle high coronavirus case numbers.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford calls the 700 new daily cases in his province extremely troubling.
"And the actions are simple: practise physical distancing, wear a mask, stay home if you're sick, get a flu shot, look after our elderly and vulnerable".
This should provide additional testing as the second wave overwhelms laboratories, they said.
Legault said the closures were not a "values judgment", but rather an attempt to reduce people's contacts.
There will be no new provincial support for workers, Fitzgibbon said, because the province doesn't want to duplicate aid that is being provided by the federal government.
Health Canada also announced on Wednesday that it had given the green light to a rapid test for COVID-19 that promises to deliver results in under 15 minutes. Up to 80 per cent of the loan amount - to a maximum of $15,000 - will be forgivable, Fitzgibbon told reporters at a news conference in Quebec City.
The department did not specify when the Abbott Diagnostics ID Now test kits would start arriving, other than to say it would be in "the coming weeks".