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Reduced restrictions ahead as Valley turns green

The Chateauguay Valley, along with the rest of the province, will move to the green alert level on Monday, ushering in a new wave of freedoms as restrictions on gatherings are further lifted.

As of June 28, up to 20 people will be able to come together outdoors for private gatherings, while a maximum of 10 people from three different households will be permitted to gather indoors. A total of 20 individuals may sit around the same table at restaurant and bar terrasses, and up to 250 guests will be able to celebrate weddings and funerals together, while remaining seated. Sports activities will be able to include a maximum of 25 participants and 25 spectators indoors while 50 participants and 50 spectators may enjoy organized sports activities outdoors.

For several days now, the number of new COVID-19 cases being diagnosed daily in the province has been below 100. In the Montérégie, there are currently 16 outbreaks, and just 173 active cases in the region. There are currently zero cases in the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent, just one case each in the MRC des Jardins-de-Napierville and the MRC de Beauharnois-Salaberry, and nine cases in the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

As the number of cases continues to decrease, more than 80 per cent of the Quebec population over the age of 12 has received a first does of vaccine, and at least 20 per cent of residents are now fully vaccinated. More than 1.1 million people have now received a first or second dose in the Montérégie, with more than 12,200 of those having been administered at the Ormstown Vaccination Centre as of June 22.

Among those receiving their second dose at the vaccination centre located at the Recreation Centre in Ormstown was Huntingdon MNA Claire Isabelle, after an invitation from the Montérégie-Ouest Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (CISSSMO) to tour the clinic.

Huntingdon MNA Claire IsaBelle received her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Ormstown Vaccination Centre on June 22 (PHOTO Courtesy of the Office of Claire IsaBelle).

In a Facebook post, IsaBelle noted that during her visit, she was made aware of the fact the vaccination rate in the Haut-Saint-Laurent was much lower than in neighbouring regions. The average vaccination rate per region in the Montérégie for a first dose is currently 72 per cent, while the rate in the Haut-Saint-Laurent is 59.3 per cent.

The Haut-Saint-Laurent is lagging behind in all age groups, but most notably in the 12-17 cohort (53.3 per cent), 18-29 cohort (47.5 per cent), and 30-39 cohort (49.4). In her post, IsaBelle encouraged all those who have not received their first dose to make an appointment as quickly as possible. The MNA also praised the work of those at the Ormstown Vaccination Centre as being especially welcoming, professional, and pleasant.

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