Quebec mandates masks on public transit ahead of possible second COVID-19 wave
Yesterday we reported that Quebec would be making the move to make masks mandatory on public transit across the province ahead of a possible second wave of COVID-19.
Now it is official...
Premier Francois Legault made the announcement at a news conference in Montreal today, saying the masks will be mandatory on public transit in Quebec as of July 13.
Legault said the decision was taken after noticing more and more people were using public transit now that the province has gradually started to reopen in recent weeks.
Legault says there will be a two-week transition period, but people without masks will be barred from taking public transit as of July 27. Until then, the Quebec government is hoping most travellers will wear a face covering.
Wearing a mask will be mandatory for anyone over the age of 12, and strongly recommended but not mandatory for children between the ages of 2 and 12. Children younger than 2 years old should not wear masks, the premier said.
“Wearing a mask is not about fear,” Legault added, “it’s about respect.”
When asked if there would be fines handed out to anyone not wearing a mask, Legault replied no, saying that those without a face covering will simply be turned away.
Quebec reports 68 new COVID-19 cases, 18 more deaths
Quebec reported 68 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and an additional 18 deaths.
There are now 55,458 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Quebec. A total of 5,503 people have died.
The number of hospitalizations stands at 435, a decrease of 20 from yesterday.