Speaking from Montreal on Thursday afternoon, Quebec Premier Francois Legault announced that elementary schools and daycares in the city will not be reopening on May 25 as previously announced because the necessary conditions have not been met.
They were all scheduled to reopen May 25, but Legault had said he would not hesitate to push that date back if the COVID-19 situation in the area was not under control.
Provincial parks will reopen, in part to allow for those activities to resume, but Charest says people should not travel outside their home region for leisure purposes.
Daycare openings in Montreal are being postponed to June 1 and the situation will be followed "closely" and public health officials "reevaluate".More news: Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie wants you to pick his next team
"I am not happy and I told the people concerned", Legault told reporters in Quebec City. "A crucial element that would help us to reopen is for the majority of people to start wearing a mask in public. I strongly recommend that we do so", Legault said.
There are three times more seniors in long-term care homes in Quebec, per capita, "than anywhere else in the world", Legault said. The public health authority in the Eastern Townships, meanwhile, recorded a total of 902 confirmed cases in the region, an increase of one from the previous day.
Legault said the province is also close to the goal he set last week of administering 14,000 tests per day. "I understand that certain business owners are discouraged but health has to come first".
In New York State, Berube said, a 51-page guide was published detailing how reopening will be triggered when measurable criteria - rates of deaths, infections, hospitalizations, availability of beds and intensive care spots and contact tracing measures - are in place.More news: YouTube Music or Google Play Music? Google's Music Services Explained
He said the province is also looking at how it can support special needs children as they spend several more months at home.
Mr. Legault and Quebec's Director of Public Health Horacio Arruda have stayed in isolation in the provincial capital of Quebec City during the pandemic. She said 3,411 tests were conducted May 12.
Legault said he is travelling to Montreal on Thursday to meet Mayor Valerie Plante, and with the heads of local health care organizations.
Interim Parti Quebecois Leader Pascal Berube noted that Quebec, which makes up 23 per cent of the population of the Canada, accounts for 60 per cent of the national COVID-19-related deaths.More news: German Bundesliga wrap: Borussia Dortmund show Schalke no mercy