Quebec’s government is imposing a nighttime curfew that will begin on New Year’s Eve in an attempt to reduce the high transmission of COVID-19 across the province and ease pressure on the hospital network.

Premier Francois Legault told reporters the curfew will run from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for an indefinite period of time.

Legault says restaurants will have to close their dining rooms on Friday and serve takeout only.

Indoor private gatherings are also banned starting Friday.

The province first imposed a curfew during the pandemic on Jan. 9, 2021, and only lifted the health order on May 28.

Quebec is the only province in Canada to have imposed a curfew during the pandemic.

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