COVID-19: Extension of the state of emergency for the urban agglomeration of Montréal
29 mars 2020
Montréal, le 29 mars 2020 - During a special urban agglomeration council meeting held earlier today in accordance with the Civil Protection Act, elected officials have decided in favour of extending the state of emergency for the urban agglomeration of Montréal, for a period of 5 days.
“Extending the state of emergency will enable us to keep up the pace in our efforts to fight COVID-19. It also allows us to remain agile for a longer period, so as to take optimal action to protect our population,” stated Mayor Valérie Plante.
On Friday, March 27, 2020, the urban agglomeration of Montréal had declared the state of emergency for a period of 48 hours, as requested by the national director of public health of Québec. The local state of emergency grants exceptional powers to the urban agglomeration, enabling it to face the current pandemic across its territory. It also enables the urban agglomeration to mobilize the necessary resources and workforce to fight COVID-19 and conveys the latitude required to respond efficiently to ensure the wellbeing of its population.
The urban agglomeration continues to collaborate closely with its team of experts from its emergency response coordination centre, the regional public health department and the health network, in order to fight the spread of COVID-19.