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Don't care about the virus and not live with it

Don't care about the virus and not live with it

and Ludovic Théberge MISE À DAY

Quebec seems to increasingly not care about COVID instead of “living with the virus”, as Premier François Legault and Public Health suggest. 

“We're fed up, so we pay less attention”, simply explains Mathieu Girdal met on avenue du Mont-Royal when asked if he continues to take action to limit transmission, such as wearing a mask.

Yesterday, while the sun was beating down, Le Journal strolled through the central districts of Montreal and at the Festival d'été de Québec to meet Quebecers who, for the most part, admitted having put away their mask and resumed their social life. 

However, the end of health rules has led many people to forget about COVID, even if Public Health suggested “living with the virus” by continuing to advocate certain measures:

The government always recommends wearing a face covering when it is difficult to maintain a distance from others. Radio advertisements still massively convey this message. 

But despite this seventh wave, many Quebecers have abandoned the mask and have no intention of putting it back on anytime soon.

Aaron Zak was not even aware that there was a seventh wave of COVID -19.

In April, a Léger-Le Journal-TVA-QUB ​​poll reported that 73% of respondents would continue to wear the mask “most of the time or occasionally” when the measure was be lifted.

Visiting a popular thrift store on Plaza Saint-Hubert and a busy grocery store in Plateau-Mont-Royal, Le Journal found that about one in ten people wore the mask.

“We took the habit of the mask quickly, but we lost it just as quickly, “says Fanny Blanchard, crossed on avenue du Mont-Royal.

At the Festival d'été de Québec, COVID-19 is non-existent in people's minds. In the queues or on the Grande-Allée, people are packed like sardines.

Waiting for the shows at the Festival d'été de Québec, almost no one wore the mask.

The observation is that very few passers-by wear the mask. Within hours, Le Journal came across a lady with the face covering on her chin. She refused to have her picture taken, not wanting to be laughed at.

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