Coronavirus: Montreal extends state of emergency, police to fine those not respecting distancing measures

The City of Montreal announced on Sunday it would extend its state of emergency  by five more days as the number of COVID-19 cases in the city continues to spike and represent around 50 per cent of all cases in the province.

The city said it however has no plans to place any borough under lockdown, nor close the bridges.

At a press conference on Sunday, Montreal police Chief Sylvain Caron announced that officers will increase their surveillance of certain boroughs, particularly in the six areas that have the highest concentration of confirmed cases: Côte-Saint-Luc, Côte-Des-Neiges-NDG, Rosemont-La-Petit-Patrie, Plateau-Mont-Royal, Ville-Marie, and LaSalle.

Caron said Montreal police presence in the city is currently doubled, with more officers out patrolling and more officers answering the influx of COVID-19 related calls.

The city said officers will be handing out fines to those gathering and not respecting social distancing measures.

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