Wearing a mask mandatory: different views of the mayors in the Mauricie region

Port du masque obligatoire: des avis différents des maires en Mauricie

THREE-RIVERS | Of numerous mayors of the Region believe that Quebec must act and make the mask mandatory.

“We were confined for several months, the decision has been taken by the government. I don’t understand why Montreal will have the right to do so [editor’s NOTE require the wearing of the mask], and not the rest of Quebec? For my part, I am very supportive!” has hammered on Wednesday, the mayor of Shawinigan, Michel Angers.

Same sound of bell to Yamachiche, where the plant Olymel has been one of the worst places of outbreaks in Quebec.

“It should happen everywhere. (…) There are people who think that the pandemic is over, this is not the case,” said the mayor of Yamachiche, Paul Carbonneau.

The City of Montreal has ruled. Wearing a mask will be mandatory in enclosed public places on July 27. At Three Rivers, it is believed that it will be difficult to enforce such a measure.

“We would like to make it apply and is this going to be accepted? It was a different reality in the Mauricie and Montréal,” said the mayor of Trois-Rivières, Jean Lamarche.

The mayor of Louiseville goes further and believes that the government has got it wrong from the beginning and that he would have to make well before wearing a mask mandatory.

“I’ve heard of doctors in Montreal say that it was already too late, that we would have had to apply the measure masks mandatory. One knows not able to believe what doctor, because everyone says different things,” commented mayor Yvon Deshaies.

On the South Shore, the elected officials of the Bécancour and Nicolet believe that Quebec must take account of regional particularities.

The Centre-du-Québec has been four times less affected than the Mauricie.

“I try to see who is going to have to manage all that? Our police already have his hands full, it must come from the government,” said Geneviève Dubois, mayor of Nicolet.

But municipalities are unanimous, they want to have a clear response from the government.

“It’s been almost three weeks that the government doesn’t seem sure of what he will do! It gives us the right time and, subsequently, we will apply the measure!” concluded the mayor Anger.


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