In spite of the dissatisfaction displayed by holdouts, public health is studying “very seriously” the wearing of masks mandatory in public indoor areas of the province, reported Tuesday the Dr Horacio Arruda.
A few dozens of people demonstrated Tuesday against the confinement and wearing a mask on the sidelines of the press briefing from the prime minister of Québec, François Legault, to the Theatre Gilles-Vigneault in Saint-Jérôme on the North Shore of Montreal.
“We have discussions that are very intense about it with the office of the prime minister,” raised the national director of public health, during his visit to Joliette, in the Lanaudière region.
Mr. Arruda said he is “concerned by the releases” observed in the last few days by, among other things referring to the events that occurred in the Montérégie region.
“We have always wanted to have a step by step approach and the trust of the population. But I have to admit that what I see as behaviors generalized… people have forgotten [the presence of the virus]. We are going to have to ask serious questions “, he added.
Private parties held on the last weekend are at the source of outbreaks in the bar Mile Public House in Quartier DIX30, at Brossard, which has provoked the ire of public health.
“These releases may be the genesis of the outbreak cases. The parties that are done with 40-50 people generate more and more close contacts and cases. It is not income in the pre-COVID-19. I know I’m a killjoy, ” warned Dr. Arruda.
Ironically, at the same time Tuesday, a fifty protesters waited for the prime minister François Legault upon his arrival at the Theatre Gilles-Vigneault in Saint-Jérôme on the North Shore of Montreal.
“This is a health crisis “imaginary” ; “sick people, there is very little” ; “we don’t want to be forced to get vaccinated” ; ” I don’t want my daughter to go to school with a mask “, shouted some, while others were calling for the head of the director of public health.
“There are people who say : “It does not exist, the virus”. I can’t agree with them, ” responded Mr. Legault.
“But there are others who wish to take account of the balance of inconvenience. […] Where I identify with these people, is that we cannot just look on the side of health. It is necessary to also look on the side of life “, continued the prime minister.
He said he would be open to the idea of expanding the obligation of wearing a mask in indoor public places, beyond the city of Montreal, but he felt that he must go step by step.
He added that it had learned at the same time that all the world that the city was going to make the mask mandatory in indoor public places from July 27.
Although it is not against the idea, he intends to discuss with the mayor Valérie Plant of the manner in which the regulations will be applied.