Quebecers will no longer be required to wear masks in most indoor locations across the province today.
The province’s required mask mandate has been in effect since July 2020 for 21 months, but it formally expires on Saturday, making Quebec the last province to do so.
However, masks will still be necessary for some areas, at least for now. Here’s what you should know.
Where are masks no longer necessary?
Most indoor venues in a Quebecer’s everyday life, including grocery shops, gyms, and restaurants, will no longer require a mask.
The following locations no longer need masks:
- Retail businesses (including grocery stores and pharmacies).
- Shopping malls.
- Bars and restaurants
- Worship locations.
- Gyms and fitness centers are inside.
- Spas and hairdressers are examples of personal care companies.
- Spectators go to cultural and sporting places.
- Government agencies
Quebecers can, however, continue to wear masks indoors if they so want. Similarly, a company might opt to apply its own mask rule.
What about schools?
The masks will be removed from primary and secondary schools.
Students will no longer be obliged to wear masks during their activities, including those in the classroom, cafeterias, and halls. The same is true for teachers.
Because children will have spent the entire day together, wearing a mask on school transportation will also be optional.
Universities and CEGEPs may establish policies requiring students and faculty to wear masks.
When do I still have to put on a mask?
Masks will still be compulsory on public transportation in Quebec, including taxis. Even if your destination doesn’t need one, bring a mask if you’re using the bus or subway.
Quebec’s temporary public health director, Dr. Luc Boileau, stated that the province would consider withdrawing the mandate for public transportation later, but no timetable was provided.
They will also be necessary for healthcare environments like hospitals, where vulnerable people are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19. (Mental health facilities, on the other hand, do not need the mask.)
Additional federal restrictions govern mask to use, particularly in federally regulated businesses. As a result, masks are still necessary while flying or traveling the train, even in airports and rail terminals.
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Is it still appropriate for me to wear one?
Yes. According to the Health Ministry, masks are still suggested in specific settings, such as among immunocompromised patients, the elderly, and those at risk of complications.
According to Boileau, people should also wear masks when they have symptoms, adding that “you don’t need to be certain that it’s COVID” to mask up and be cautious.
Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 must wear a mask when nearing or interacting with people for the next five days.
While Quebecers will be permitted to remove their masks at pharmacies, the Quebec Order of Pharmacists has recommended that they be left on. It stated that vulnerable persons frequently visit pharmacies and that wearing a mask would safeguard them and personnel.
Experts have also said that masks are effective against not just COVID-19 but also influenza, which is prevalent in the province. If you’re concerned about the flu, you can choose to remain disguised.