Quebec Standard

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Quebec lifts mask order for public transit users

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Key takeaways: 

  • Masks are still required in hospitals, long-term care homes, and other healthcare facilities.
  • Those who wish to persist in masking up to save themselves and others are urged to do so. 

Today, public transit users in Quebec are no longer instructed to wear masks.

The region imposed a mask order for indoor public spaces and public transit in July 2020 to restrict the spread of COVID-19.

In mid-May, Quebec became the last region to remove the face covering the need for indoor public areas, and in the future, authorities say wearing a mask will be a personal preference.

Masks are still required in hospitals, long-term care homes, and other healthcare facilities, where it’s more probable that vulnerable people could potentially be exposed to COVID-19. (Mental health establishments do not need the mask, however.)

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Today, public transit users in Quebec are no longer instructed to wear masks

The Quebec government declared the plan to remove masks on public transit ten days back, a decision that the region’s public health officials supported.

In a report on June 8, Health Minister Christian Dubé said lifting the bar “is an important measure, which ensures the significant progress in the epidemiological case in recent weeks.”

While wearing a mask is no longer needed, it’s still advised for vulnerable people and older adults. Those who wish to persist in masking up to protect themselves and others are urged to do so.

The area ended its state of emergency before June. It had been in the position since March 13, 2020, but Quebec has kept the ability to reinstate mask orders until 2023. 

Source – cbc.ca

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