Coronavirus: Quebec gives the green light to travel to Iles-de-la-Madeleine

The provincial government announced Quebecers will be permitted as of June 26 to travel to Iles-de-la-Madeleine this summer by driving through New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island to take the ferry.

There had been concerns about driving to the island due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Quebec government announced Saturday that Quebec travellers will need to get a document permitting the trip — they won’t be able to cross the provincial borders without it.

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The news comes after the Quebec government announced on Thursday it will invest $750 million into the provincial tourism industry, one of the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis.​

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At a press conference on Thursday, ministers Pierre Fizgibbon (economy and innovation), Eric Girard (finance) and Caroline Proulx (tourism) announced that $446 million of the $750 million will be for the creation of PACTE, a loan program for tourism businesses.

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The provincial government also encouraged Quebecers to travel locally this summer and support the local economy.

Quebec’s coronavirus-related death toll rose to 5,195 on Saturday with 16 deaths reported within the last 24 hours and 31 occurring before June 5.

The province’s COVID-19 cases climbed to 53,824 with 158 new cases and 458 new recoveries.

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Hospitalizations dropped by 52, bringing that number to 788 in Quebec, with the number of patients in intensive care down by five, at 102.

Montreal, the epicentre of the virus, saw cases rise to 26,613, up 56 from Friday.

— With files from The Canadian Press and Global’s Alessia Simona Maratta

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