The Quebec government on Sunday (Sept 20) announced new restrictions on gatherings in order to prevent a second wave of Covid-19 infections.
Residents in those regions will now have to limit private gatherings to a maximum of six people.
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The national public health director said he was "very very concerned" about the recent increase.
The religious leaders say they want to be classified like theatres and concert halls, which can host as many as 250 people, even in orange zones. "Avoid family dinners, dinners with friends and parties".
The Canadian province of Quebec on Friday said police would target more than 1,000 bars and restaurants to enforce rules curbing the spread of coronavirus, as authorities raised the alarm over a possible second wave.
The province had reported 427 new cases on Saturday, which was already the highest daily tally since late May.
Authorities are reporting COVID-19 outbreaks across the country today, including in schools, workplaces and on the main campus of the University of Alberta, which prompted officials there to suspend varsity athletics for 14 days.
The province has now reported 66,653 cases and 5,792 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.
Speaking alongside Dube on Sunday, Horacio Arruda, the province's top public health officer, implored Quebecers to respect the latest public health directives.
The number of people in hospital remained stable at 136, with one more patient in intensive care, bringing the total to 30.