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City of Montreal extends state of emergency to May 21

A health-care worker swabs a man at a walk-in COVID-19 test clinic in Montreal North, Sunday, May 10, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

MONTREAL (CITYNEWS) – The City of Montreal has extended its state of emergency for five more days – until May 21.

The city first declared a state of emergency at the request of Quebec public health officials back on March 27.

The decision was made in order to give Montreal more power to enact special measures aimed at dealing with various COVID-19 related issues.

It also allows local administration to spend money more easily, and the power to order police and firefighters to enforce important public health directives.

The city continues to be Canada’s COVID-19 epicentre with over 21,000 confirmed cases in the greater Montreal area.