Canada Quebec makes masks mandatory in closed public places
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© Presidential website / Handout via REUTERS Hassan Rohani wearing a facial mask during a meeting, in Tehran, Iran, on July 4, 2020. While recently more than two weeks the epidemic of coronavirus started to rise again after the end of the restrictions imposed, the wearing of a mask becomes compulsory in administrations and closed places such as the bazaar or shopping centers.
The wearing of a mask will be mandatory from July 18 in all closed public places in Quebec, announced Monday the Premier of this province, the most affected by the coronavirus epidemic in Canada.
Quebec, which has more than half of the approximately 108,000 cases recorded in Canada and nearly two thirds of the 8,800 deaths, thus becomes the first province in the country to impose such a measure.
"From Saturday, the mask will be mandatory everywhere in Quebec, in all closed public places like shops," said Prime Minister François Legault during a press conference.
Inspectors enforcing Cote-Saint-Luc, Que., mandatory mask bylaw after grace period ends
Inspectors will be visiting businesses to ensure they are following the Cote-Saint-Luc bylaw. The grace period for Cote-Saint-Luc businesses is over when it comes to enforcing the Quebec city's mandatory mask bylaw. Inspectors will be visiting businesses and public spaces in the city, located on the island of Montreal, to make sure retailers are following through with the new regulations. Masks are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces in Cote-Saint-Luc since July 1. "It's going really well," Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said.
Wearing a mask has so far been simply "highly recommended". While the pandemic seems relatively contained for weeks in Quebec, "for a week we see that the number of cases has increased a little, that there is community transmission", explained Mr. Legault to justify this measure.
He indicated that this measure would concern mainly shops, restaurants, bars or theaters. Children under 12 and people with health problems are exempt.
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The measure could be in place until the end of September when Toronto city council could then vote on a possible extension. According to the Toronto Public Health (TPH) website early Tuesday, there were 729 active cases and 12,844 resolved cases of COVID-19. TPH also reported 1,105 people died after contracting the virus. Of the 160 residents currently in hospital, 40 were being treated in ICU. Take care of each other. Practise #physicaldistancing when outside in public and wear a mask of face covering when visiting an indoor public space. We all have to work together to stop the spread of #COVID19.
Merchants will be responsible for enforcing the new obligation, failing which, after a two-week adaptation period, they are liable to a fine of 400 dollars, up to 6,000 Canadian dollars in the event of a repeat offense ( 250 to 3,800 euros).
The government is considering imposing fines also on recalcitrant citizens from August, according to Mr. Legault.
In restaurants and performance halls, customers will be able to remove their mask when seated, but will have to wear it each time they move.
The Legault government has acknowledged that it feared an American-style scenario, citing the example of Florida, which broke a record number of new cases on Sunday after a loosening of social distancing measures.
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This announcement comes on the day that wearing a mask became compulsory in public transportation throughout the province.
Last week, Montreal mayor Valérie Plante announced that she would make wearing a mask mandatory in public places closed from July 27.
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Calgary could be joining other major cities in Canada by making masks mandatory in indoor public places. As the advice on wearing non-medical masks continues to change, the mayor isn't ruling anything out. "Our level of mask-wearing in Calgary — in stores and public transit, in particular — is way too low, and I've been pushing saying, 'You got to do it. You got to do it,' and people aren't doing it," said Mayor Naheed Nenshi on Tuesday. If more Calgarians don't mask up, the mayor said he is willing to ask council to look into making it law at the next meeting, July 20.
In addition, the health authorities of the city of Montreal called on Saturday those who have frequented the bars of the Quebec metropolis since the beginning of the month to be tested for the new coronavirus.
Contagious customers or employees have visited at least five Montreal establishments since July 1, despite the precautions taken.
The Montreal region, the epicenter of the epidemic in Canada, has seen an increase in cases occurring among young people under the age of 39 in recent weeks.
Ontario, the most populous province in the country, for its part announced Monday a new stage in its deconfinement, with in particular the reopening of bars in most regions. The authorized limit for indoor gatherings will increase to 50 people.
But the wearing of a mask, compulsory in public places, currently only applies to Toronto and Ottawa.
At the end of June, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada was preparing for a second wave of coronavirus, which could strike in the fall.
But while the epidemic seems to be contained throughout the country, unlike the American neighbor where cases are exploding, the North American Hockey League has decided to resume its season next month ... in Canada.
Two Canadian cities have been chosen to host the matches: Toronto for the Eastern Conference and Edmonton, which is also expected to host the Stanley Cup in October, for the Western Conference.
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Coronavirus: free masks for high school students in Île-de-France .
© LP / Olivier Arandel Since Monday, wearing a mask has become mandatory in closed public places to halt a resumption of the coronavirus epidemic, and may even be worth a fine of € 135 in the event of an offense. The Ile-de-France region is committed to distributing two washable masks to each of its 500,000 high school students at the start of the school year. It will also "ensure free masks for all charities," announced on Wednesday the president of the region, Valérie Pécresse on France 2.