CÔTE-SAINT-LUC – Côte-Saint-Luc is the only city in Quebec that has decided to make the mask mandatory in their businesses, a directive which will enter into force on the 1st July.
Within the next month, wearing a mask is recommended, and merchants must remind people to wear it in order to develop a habit.
The Fruiterie Maruti, on Westminster avenue, the posters clearly indicate: it is necessary to wear the mask to enter.
“People get angry when they are told that it takes the mask, but it is like that and it is for our safety, we the employees”, explained the manager, Rocky Kumar. It is observed that 95% of the people who come to have a mask in the face.
The pharmacist and owner of the Pharmaprix avenue Caldwell, David Banon, believes that when the mask will be mandatory, people will be equipped and well informed.
“We have decided to give a surgical mask if the customers do not. Also, the City has informed us that she was going to give us a party”, he stressed.
The pharmacist David Banon is believed that the cover face may help to reduce the number of cases of COVID-19.
“It was a hot item here before. We took advantage of the grace period to educate the people so that they wear the mask the right way so that it covers the nose and mouth”, he explained.
The proposed Solutions in Montreal
The city of Côte-Saint-Luc is located on the island of Montreal, the epicenter of the coronavirus in the country.
Merchants all over Montreal might also have to prohibit the access to their shops to people who don’t want to wear, while providing the masks, suggests François Audet, scientific director of the canadian Observatory on crises and humanitarian aid.
“I think it is a better way to do than to leave it up to the individual. You force the trade, in legal terms, to enforce the rules,” he said, noting that such measures can be seen in the city of San Diego, in Chile or Sweden.
“This is a direct impact on the health and safety of vulnerable communities, such as the elderly who have to go out to go shopping. These people cannot enjoy this taste of the new normal and have a bit of happiness to go out and buy what they need,” he lamented.