‘A real relief’: Quebecers welcome Legault’s easing of restrictions

19 mai 2021

Prof. Isabelle Doré est citée dans le journal The Gazette suite aux dernières annonces du Gouvernement québécois concernant l’assouplissement des règles sanitaires découlant de la pandémie de COVID-19 :

“It’s a return to sports, and for young people I think it’s extremely beneficial,” said Isabelle Doré, an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and Physical Activity Sciences in the faculty of medicine at Université de Montréal. She was reacting to Premier François Legault’s announcement on Tuesday of a progressive easing of restrictions across the province.

However, Doré, who researches the impact of physical activity on mental health, said the big takeaway for her was that the restarting of sports activities, day camps and training camps, both outdoors and indoors, appears intended to coincide with the end of the school year.

The confinement probably had the greatest impact on young people, especially adolescents, whose chances to socialize during the pandemic have been limited to whatever time they spent in a classroom, she said. “The easing of restrictions, at least with sports, symbolizes a return to their passions and a return to social interaction for many young people.”

The precise rules that will be in place for sports activities come June were unclear in Legault’s announcement, Doré noted. For example, the premier referred to a progressive change in alert levels across Quebec over the course of next month, from orange to yellow to green by June 28. But he also announced three stages of progressive easing of restrictions on gatherings and activities, with May 28, June 11 and June 25 being the key dates. The number of people he said would be permitted to gather in backyards or for sports don’t necessarily jibe with the current rules that accompany each alert level, she said.

“It’s a little confusing,” Doré said. But the upshot, she added, is that outdoor sports will be permitted starting in mid-June and indoor sports activities will resume at the end of June.

“I think it’s good that they decided to divide it up so much so that it’s progressive,” Doré said.

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