You will be required to wear a mask when taking public transit in Quebec beginning July 13, Premier François Legault announced today.
He said there will be a two-week grace period before authorities will begin enforcing the measure. Following the grace period, people not wearing a mask won’t be allowed on board a bus or Metro.
The new rule will apply to anyone over the age of 12. For children younger than that, wearing a mask is strongly recommended by the province, but not obligatory.
There will not be fines, Legault said, but access to public transit will simply be denied to those not wearing masks.
Toronto, meanwhile, is moving forward with a plan to require masks in all indoor spaces in the city, not just in public transit.
Legault said, for the moment, Quebec wasn’t making masks mandatory in stores. He left the door open for doing so, however, depending how the COVID-19 situation evolves in the province.
This is a developing story that will be updated.
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