Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé is asking the public to avoid social gatherings for 28 days.
Dubé said public health experts believe that, if the spread of the virus can be contained for two consecutive two-week stretches, the second wave of the virus will be better contained.
“I insist on this,” he said Friday.
“It is for a month.”
He said the public should take it “one day at a time.”
Dubé also moved the entire greater Montreal region into the heightened, orange level of alert on Friday, given what the health minister described as an increasingly worrisome situation.
The change applies to parts of the Laurentians, Lanaudière and the Montérégie. Dubé said an increase in cases, outbreaks and hospitalizations prompted the move.
The province reported 637 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the highest daily number since May 21. The province also conducted more than 36,000 tests, the most ever in a day.
Dubé also announced that when health workers call to give a test result or get in touch with someone who may have been exposed, the caller ID will show “Santé Québec.”
In recent weeks, public health workers have complained that people weren’t picking up the phone because their caller ID was blocked.
Dubé recently estimated that up to 30 percent of people contacted due to potential exposure don’t pick up the phone.
“Please, take the call,” he said.