Coronavirus: Montreal police declare state of emergency, 100 officers in quarantine

Police spokesperson André Durocher confirmed that the two officers who tested positive for COVID-19 recently travelled. Neither of them went in to work since returning from abroad, Durocher said.

The 100 officers who are quarantined have not necessarily shown symptoms, but have also recently travelled, Durocher told Global News.

The state of emergency, which is in effect as of Monday, will allow the police force to reassign staff to different areas and modify work schedules if necessary.

Durocher said officers who carry out administrative tasks could be called to patrol the streets.

The police force is currently establishing a plan to offload certain activities, in particular administrative tasks.

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