The director of public health for the Montérégie region, Dr. Julie Loslier, and the Mayor of Longueuil, Sylvie Parent, held a virtual press conference today to announce the measures taken to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the Agglomération de Longueuil. They were accompanied by Fady Dagher, chief of police for the Service de police de l'Agglomération de Longueuil (SPAL).
While Montréal is currently the epicentre of the pandemic, the surrounding municipalities are also strongly affected. This is the case with the City of Longueuil, which currently accounts for 210 of the 1,034 cases in the Montérégie region, hence today's announcement of increased measures to enforce physical distancing.
“The City of Longueuil has assured us of its cooperation in enforcing physical distancing measures. Police presence will be stepped up. Collaboration with prevention officers will also be crucial in helping us identify the reasons why some people are not following the guidelines,” said Dr. Loslier.
Other measures will be taken with the City of Longueuil to support public health interventions targeting more at risk individuals, including seniors and people living in multi-unit apartments. “The City of Longueuil and the Réseau de transport de Longueuil have also offered us their cooperation to ensure that physical distancing measures are respected on public transit vehicles during peak hours," said Dr. Loslier.
“The citizens of Longueuil have been remarkably cooperative up to this point, for which I sincerely thank them. I would also like to applaud our dedicated employees, who are working hard to maintain the city's essential services and activities, even under the current difficult circumstances. I wish to remind the public of the importance of respecting physical distancing orders and following the guidelines issued by the Direction de la santé publique. I often say that we are a tight-knit community. This is yet another opportunity for us to come together for the greater good,” declared Sylvie Parent.
“The SPAL declared a state of emergency on March 24 in order to adapt its mission of maintaining public order to these exceptional circumstances. Our teams are working lockstep with various organizations to intervene proactively with the most vulnerable individuals on our territory. The SPAL is currently working with the public to reinforce the importance of following public health orders, although more coercive actions may be taken with anyone who refuses to comply. Public safety is at stake,” continued Fady Dagher.
“We are asking all Montérégie residents for their cooperation in complying with physical distancing and stay-at-home orders—crucial measures that will help save lives,” said Dr. Loslier.
View the press briefing held on April 8, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.: