Quebec Premier Francois Legault is imposing a provincewide 8 p.m. curfew beginning Saturday as a way to halt surging COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

The province will become the first in the country to impose such a drastic measure to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Legault says the curfew will last between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. for four weeks, until Feb. 8.

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According to a story first released by CBC News, Canada’s federal government is tightening air travel restrictions. All flyers will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test that must have been taken either 72 or 96 hours prior to boarding. The rules, which go into effect Thursday, have many worried that Canadians will become stranded abroad when attempting to return home. Major airlines such as Air Canada, Air Transat, and Sunwing are pleading with the National Airlines Council of Canada and the International Transportation Association to push back the date of implementation to January 18