No more mandatory mask (or almost)

No more mandatory mask (or almost)


Quebecers rejoiced yesterday a few hours before the lifting of the obligation to wear a mask in the majority of public places.

“It was time!” exclaimed in chorus Brianna, 25, and Nicole, 27, who were sunbathing in Jeanne-Mance Park in Montreal in the early afternoon yesterday. 

Since the 18 July 2020, face coverings were mandatory in closed or partially covered public places. For a certain period, it was also required outdoors during large gatherings such as demonstrations. 

But with the arrival of summer and good weather, the vast majority of people questioned by Le Journal could only rejoice yesterday at the lifting of the measure at midnight this morning. 

Emily Anctil, 32, and Alisson Goncalves Machado, 38, celebrated the end of mandatory mask wearing yesterday at Jeanne-Mance Park in Montreal.

“It will add a lightness to everyday life. We will no longer need to stress and turn back to the grocery store because we forgot our mask,” said Alisson Goncalves Machado, 38. 

However, do not throw away your face coverings right away: you will have to continue to carry them around on public transport as well as in health establishments, such as hospitals and health centers, where it will remain mandatory. 

Those who have COVID-19 should also wear it during their social interactions for five days following their period of isolation at home. 

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Masks will continue to be recommended for the elderly and vulnerable, such as those who are immunosuppressed.  

“It is also recommended to wear a mask in the presence of these people in order to limit the risk of contagion as much as possible,” the Ministry of Health told the Journal yesterday. 

In any case, even if the mask will no longer be compulsory, those who wish to continue wearing it will be able to do so, specified the Ministry, which invites the population to respect this choice left to the discretion of each. 

Because even if this last big measure falls today, it does not mean that the pandemic is over. 

“I encourage people to exercise caution. It's a virus whose long-term effects are poorly understood,” warned Nancy Delagrave, scientific coordinator of the COVID-STOP collective.

She encourages citizens to take advantage of the outdoors rather than places air-conditioned public where the air circulates little.  

You will still have to wear the mask     

  • Public transport  
  • Hospitals   
  • Medical clinics   
  • CHSLD  
  • CLSC     

No longer mandatory to wear a mask     

  • Grocery stores   
  • Restaurants and bars   
  • Performance halls   
  • Educational establishments  
  • Training halls  &nbsp ;
  • Shopping malls   
  • Places of worship    

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