The Canadian province of Quebec has cancelled New Year’s celebrations as the government imposes a nighttime curfew starting tomorrow. The curfew will run from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for an “indefinite period of time,” Quebec’s premier told reporters.
Quebec is the only province in Canada to impose a curfew. Premier Francois Legault told the media that restaurants will have to close their dining rooms on Friday and serve takeout only. Indoor private gatherings are also banned starting Friday.
Léger Marketing President Jean-Marc Léger publicly condemned the idea of a curfew. According to Cult MTL, Léger referred to the curfew in Quebec as a “bad idea” that will negatively affect the mental health of young people, aged 18 to 34.
“A curfew is a bad decision and one that especially penalizes young people. Did you know that 31% of young people have poor mental health linked to the pandemic? The mental health of young people is also an important issue in this pandemic.”—Jean-Marc Léger
The move to cancel New Year’s celebrations has been met with significant pushback. According to Viva Frei, a lawyer based in Quebec, “what Francois Legault just announced is the most egregious violation of civil rights, psychological and economic abuse, and an absolutely unscientific tyrannical flex. It is beyond obscene. It is bordering on criminal, if it is not there already. It is absolute madness.”
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