Mask mandatory in Quebec from the 18th of July: check out all the action

Masque obligatoire au Québec dès le 18 juillet: découvrez toutes les mesures

The mask-wearing will become mandatory as of Saturday, July 18th in enclosed public places.

Here are the terms and conditions of the application of this new measure designed to stem the pandemic of COVID-19 in Quebec.

Which places are targeted by the measure?

  • Wearing a mask covers face will now be mandatory in enclosed public places.
  • These are places where there is a risk of not being able to comply with the distancing physical of 2 metres. to

Here are examples of places covered by the mask covers face mandatory:

  • A trade of retail sale;
  • A service enterprise (example: pharmacy);
  • A private firm of professional;
  • A place where services are offered or municipal government;
  • A company of personal care (e.g. : hairdressers, beauty treatments);
  • A shopping centre;
  • A place of worship;
  • A cinema, a concert hall, etc
  • A gymnasium;
  • A place used to host events, such as congresses and conferences;
  • All of the common areas of the institution, including those of office buildings (example : entrance halls, lifts and corridors);
  • Colleges and universities, with the exception of classrooms;
  • The collective transport.

This new measure should not in any way supersede or diminish the observation of other measures, such as hand washing or separation physical.

You make wearing a mask covers face mandatory. Which, concretely, will inevitably have to wear one?

  • It speaks of the whole person 12 years of age and older.
  • For children under 2 years of age, it is not recommended to wear a cover face.
  • For children 2 to 12 years, the port of the cover-face is strongly recommended, but not mandatory.

So the children do not need to wear a cover-face? Why?

  • For children under 2 years of age, it is not recommended to wear a cover face, because it can cause problems breathing.
  • We know that children are more likely to touch their face, the parents or the persons responsible will therefore need to wash hands and wash children frequently.
  • For children 2 to 12 years, the port of the cover-face is strongly recommended, but not mandatory.

How it will actually work in a restaurant?

  • The mask covers your face, it is when we cannot ensure compliance with the 2 meters.
  • If you are sitting at your table, at a restaurant, and that you are at a suitable distance from the other customers, you can remove your mask.
  • When you arrive at the restaurant or as you leave, return, however, the mask.

Why not have imposed this measure before? Why at this time?

  • We have always said that we would do things in a gradual manner. This is what we have done since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • It is going to gradually we have managed to obtain the support of the Québécois.
  • Now, it’s been months – since mid-April – that we strongly recommend for the Quebecers to wear a mask when they leave their homes or they are in a public place.
  • Since the beginning of the déconfinement, we have observed the situation very closely. I must admit: still too many people do not wear the mask. We can see with the number of cases has risen slightly in the last week.
  • Also, because the holidays of the construction begin as soon as Friday. This is the time when Quebecers are the most likely to take their vacation. There are a lot of people who will walk from one region to the other. It’s going to look like the weeks of spring break to the end of the winter. The virus, itself, does not take a vacation.
  • There is also the situation in some american States that we are monitoring very closely.
  • So here are our 3 reasons: the number of cases which is slightly on the rise, the construction holiday that starts from Friday and the situation in some american States.

From what date would impose the wearing of the mask covers face mandatory and will there be a grace period before the imposition of the sanction?

  • As early as Saturday, so the 18th of July.

What sanctions will be imposed in case of non-respect of wearing a mask? What fines would you impose?

  • First, it is more in awareness than in the repression.
  • Of course, one does not wish to impose fines on traders. What we want, what we hope, is that everyone works together.
  • I have confidence that Quebecers will adhere to this measure – it is done to protect themselves, to avoid a second wave and avoid confining it to new Quebec. No one wants that.
  • Now, indeed, the business owners who do not comply with this obligation to wear a mask will be subject to fines.

Who will be responsible, to impose fines, and ensure compliance with the measures?

  • Everybody has his / her share of the responsibility: the citizens first, and then the employers, the companies.
  • The police are also called upon to respect the laws and regulations of the government.
  • You know, there are also inspectors of the CNESST who ensure that all the safety and health measures are respected in the business.

What happens if a person refuses to wear a mask covers face before you enter a trade, for example?

  • She simply will not have access to this trade.
  • It is necessary to respect all the directives of the public Health. It is a matter of respect for all other persons.
  • Wearing a mask in public places interiors, this is not a big sacrifice compared to the containment.

Are you going to give them a chance, before imposing heavy fines?

  • First, it is more in the awareness more than the repression.
  • Our goal is not to give fines.
  • In a first phase, what we want to do is ensure that the retailers can advise customers that they must wear a mask.
  • Ultimately, it is up to the merchant to deny access to a client that does not comply with the instructions of the public Health.
  • If the trader does not comply with the guidelines, fines will be given. These will need to be proportionate to the fault, and they will increase according to the recurrence.
  • And from the 1st of August, we reserve the right to give fines to individuals ranging from$ 400 to$ 6000.

Is this decision is taken because of the upsurge of the virus in some regions in connection with the reopening of the bars ?

  • It was in fact part of the reasons why we impose now the port of the mask.
  • It has been observed for a few days a relaxation of measures, and this has led to an increase in the number of cases.
  • We must take the actions necessary to prevent an upsurge in the number of cases.

Why impose the wearing of the mask to the province of Quebec and not have chosen the municipalities of the CMM only, and the suburbs of Montreal where the problem lies?

  • It is necessary that everyone understands that the virus is not gone. It’s still there.
  • Our fight is not over.
  • No region is immune to an outbreak. If you do not follow the instructions, it is online to a second wave.
  • Also because the construction holidays begin as soon as Friday. This is the time when Quebecers are the most likely to take their vacation. There are a lot of people who will walk from one region to the other. It’s going to look like the weeks of spring break to the end of the winter.

When the workers have to wear a mask?

  • As you know, the CNESST and public Health have developed several guides for employers and employees, for each of the sectors of activities.
  • In the course of his work, the employee will have to comply with the measures established with the CNESST and public Health.
  • Guides have been specially designed for each of the sectors.
  • Outside of his duties, he will have to follow the rules like all other Quebecers.

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