The lifting of the wearing of the mask celebrated in Quebec

The lifting of mask wearing celebrated in Quebec


Bonfire, mimosa, bell ringing and throwing of masks… Many public sector workers and their clients celebrated, in their own way, the lifting of the wearing of mandatory face coverings today

Romain Devanneaux, Melodie Cormier and Olivier Lamarre rang the bell to celebrate the event at La Korrigane microbrewery.

“Finally! We feel much better, especially with the heat of the last few days. You feel like you are alive again, you can breathe again! » says Romain Devanneaux, chef at La Korrigane microbrewery in Saint-Roch, Quebec.

Several of his colleagues marked the occasion at midnight by throwing off their masks and ringing the bell that usually used to advertise beer tours.  

At the Coiffure distinctive salon in Charlesbourg, we welcomed the first customers of the day with a big, clearly visible smile and a flute of mimosa for the occasion.

“We celebrated it big! laughs his manager, Josianne Tremblay. After two years of the pandemic, it was a little destabilizing at the start of the day, but we quickly got used to it. We hope it will last! » 

Several impacts

The smiles were clearly visible behind the counter of the restaurant La Pataterie.

For many, the announcement had the effect of a deliverance. It must be said that, on the one hand, the face covering was particularly stifling for some workers and that, on the other hand, it acted as a brake on social interactions for others.

“In the kitchen here, it's between 35 and 40 degrees, so with the mask on, it was really hot. It feels good to be back to normal,” says Adam George, manager of Basha restaurant in downtown Montreal.

“It changes everything! confirms Mathieu Roger, branch manager of La Cage de Lebourgneuf. It makes it easier for the cooks and, for the waiters, contact with the customers is more natural. 

Marie-Ève ​​René was finally able to train without a mask.

At the Privilège Gym in Beauport, customers even reportedly had discomfort, forced to wear the mask between two exercises when they were exhausted, it is said.

Not disappeared

Thus, it will have been necessary to wait almost two years before the lifting of this measure, introduced on July 18, 2020 in closed or partially covered public establishments. 

But this does not mean that masks will disappear from our lives.

While some may prefer to keep them on for a while longer, they remain mandatory in public transit and in health establishments, as well as for COVID-19 patients.< /p>

“At least we won't have to play police anymore. Just that, it's huge for us,” says Simon Bourret, owner of XL Gym, in Quebec.

– With the collaboration of Clara Loiseau

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