Work at Home Blog 2

Coronavirus Disease Update - March 24th, 2020

Work at home blog 2 and a day during which I find it rather difficult to concentrate. We all are afflicted and concerned and worried, some much more than others unfortunately. Everybody needs to be taken care of and looked after, a task and an obligation that involves and requires our concern for others. 

Now, let's see what Montreal, Quebec and Canada have to say about what is presently our worst enemy. Cholesterol, diabetes, cancer even are cured, can be cured but not this very ugly, very coronavirus disease, at least not yet and not without a vaccine.   

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The symptoms are repeated over and over again. Here they are, one more time, in case you haven't written them or memorized them. People may experience runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever and difficulty breathing.

If it is the case, the number to call in Montreal is 514 644-4545 if you have symptoms, 211 if you have a problem and 811 if you are depressed. Elsewhere in Quebec the number is 1 877 644-4545, toll free. Outside Quebec you need to dial 418 644-4545 and charges may apply.

Still opened...

  • Grocery stores and pharmacies.
  • Nature parks, but some facilities are closed.
  • Shopping malls, some with reduced hours.
  • The Old Port remains open to visitors.


  • Arenas and sports facilities.
  • Community centers.
  • Cultural sites, such as cultural centers.
  • Libraries and Pools.
  • Planetarium and Botanical Garden.
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Still running...

  • Garbage and recycling collection continue to run.
  • Montreal police ready to enforce state of emergency.
  • Water filtration and other sanitary systems continue to run.


  • STM - Société de transport de Montréal is no longer accepting cash.
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Stores that can remain open during Quebec’s partial three-week lock down as of this work at home blog 2 dated March 24, 2020.

  • Convenience stores.
  • Drugstores.
  • Dry cleaners and laundromats.
  • Funeral homes, crematoria and cemeteries.
  • Grocery stores and other food stores.
  • Hotels.
  • Medical and orthopedic supply stores.
  • Mega stores that offer grocery, drugstore or hardware services.
  • Movers.
  • Pet food and supplies stores.
  • Products for farms such as mechanical equipment, fertilizer, etc.
  • Restaurants (takeout counters or delivery only).
  • The Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ).
  • The Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC).
  • Work equipment (safety and protection).
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  • Government.
  • Restaurants - limiting capacity to 50 per cent and take-out abilities.
  • Parks


  • Bars.
  • Cineplex - all theaters until April 2.
  • Day cares - except for workers in essential services.
  • Elementary Schools, High Schools, CEGEP, Universities until March 27.
  • Libraries.
  • Recreation Centers.
  • Museums and Attractions.
  • Nursing homes - Regular visits prohibited.
  • Prisons - Visits cancelled.
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"To the people who seem to think they’re invincible, you’re not." says Premier Justin Trudeau on Twitter and so does this work at home blog 2.

  • Banks and ATMs remain open.
  • Major banks are offering to help clients facing financial difficulty.
  • Six major banks offered to suspend mortgage payments up to six months.
  • Some branches are closed or are operating on reduced opening hours.
  • Major sports leagues have suspended play,
  • Accounting and financial market and insurance services remain open. 
  • Factories making essential services, like food, drinks, medical equipment, chemicals, sanitary supplies, metals and the defence industry, may continue to operate.
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Today, I found it difficult to concentrate, There is so much information. Everybody is talking about it, writing about it. TV, radio, newspapers, the web, it's all over. It's normal, of course but, I'm looking for facts only from reliable sources only.

They exist of course but they're buried under tons and tons of information with new ones every second. So, as of March 24, 2020 the COVID-19 situation in Canada is as follows:

  • Nunavut = 0
  • Yukon Territory = 2
  • Northwest Territories = 1
  • British Columbia = 472
  • Alberta = 301
  • Saskatchewan = 72
  • Manitoba = 11
  • Ontario = 588
  • Quebec = 1,013
  • New-Brunswick = 18
  • Nova-Scotia = 5
  • Prince-Edward-Island = 3
  • Newfoundland and Labrador = 4
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Why so many COVID-19 cases in our city and province and why the need for a work at home blog 2?

According to Quebec Premier François Legault, the main reason is probably the Spring Break that took place at an earlier date compared to other provinces. Quebecers returned home before the rest of the country. 

Many went to popular US sun destinations, others to some of the most affected urban areas in the world such as Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City especially and Washington D.C.

Others still, the French mostly, took advantage of the Spring Break to go to France or to invite families and friends at a time when France was being considered the European epicenter of the pandemic.

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