The palais de justice of Montreal took the airs of a breakout game for the déconfinement, with the queues, one-way, the cul-de-sac, and a range of other measures to enforce the distancing physical.
“New measures have been put in place to comply with the requirements of the public health,” says a voice over a loudspeaker at the entrance of the building of the rue Notre-Dame.
For the past 11 weeks, the judicial activities of the province have been put on pause because of the COVID-19. Since then, only cases urgent to be heard, and the palais de justice of Montreal was practically deserted.
However, with the déconfinement, the building began to come back to life on Monday. The trial without the witnesses have taken, other may take place according to the severity of the charge, and judges will be able to endorse some of the guilty pleas, among others.
Except that the resumption of judicial activities has posed a challenge to the palais de justice of Montreal, since it is the second busiest in North America with thousands of visitors each day.
Every person who is waiting to enter a courtroom must be placed at one of the locations identified by dots.
“Have you traveled in the last 14 days ? Do you experience symptoms [associated with the COVID-19] ? Have you received a diagnosis or have you been in contact closely with a person ? ” are questions that are asked in the entrance from Monday.
Many lines have also been plotted in the corridors to show where to walk and in what direction. A girl waiting has been put in place in front of the elevators, since they can only be used by one person at a time.
To comply with the distancing physics, elevators can only be used by one person at a time.
The pellets were placed on the ground 2 meters in distance for those waiting to get in the halls of court, and large panels of plexiglas were installed in the interior thereof to separate the parties involved. Even the toilets have been refurbished. It condemned sinks too close to each other. Overall, the instructions were followed on Monday, although the ridership has been lower than that before the health crisis. Only a few people have maugréé.
“This is the niaisage “, has mumbled an acknowledgement, while some employees found the steps complicated and exaggerated.