COVID-19: the mask mandatory in public transport as early as Monday

COVID-19: le masque obligatoire dans les transports collectifs dès lundi

As of Monday, the transit user will be required to wear the mask when they travel, and this, throughout Quebec.

A grace period of two weeks, until 27 July, they will still be observed, but access to buses, trains and the metro will be subsequently barred the offenders from that date.

On the side of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), we focus above all on the awareness. The employees of the subway and buses have also started to install visual reminders and sound on this new measure of the provincial government.

“This will be clearly indicated what is done during the end of the week, said, Sunday, the chairman of the board of the STM, Philippe Schnobb, in an interview with TVA News. It lines our facilities messages that remind us that it is an obligation. Before that, it was said that it was highly recommended, but now, we are going to add views. In the subway, there will be audio announcements and continue the distribution [of masks].”

Mr. Schnobb has recalled 235 000 covers-faces have been distributed since may by the STM, and that she intends to give a million and a half more before the return to school.

“In a few days, it will also become mandatory in all enclosed public places in Montreal. If you need a mask to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy, it will be a very good incentive to have one in transit. I believe that this is an operation that will take a bit of time before establishing themselves in the minds of the people and on their face,” said Mr. Schnobb, which revealed that about 60% of transit commuters wore masks.

The cleaning of all vehicles in the montreal network will continue, just as the presence of hydroalcoholic gel at the entrance of stations.

As early as 20 July, Quebecers will also be able to board at the front of the bus because of the plexiglass will be installed in all vehicles which had not in order to protect the driver. This also implies to pay in good and due form his ticket, which had been somewhat left aside at the height of the pandemic.

Pay in cash in vending machines of the securities, will be also soon be allowed.

Remember that the cover face will be mandatory for persons aged 12 years and more, and it will be strongly recommended for children aged 2 to 12 years of age. Philippe Schnobb said that it did not know if the visor may constitute a valid alternative to the mask.

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