Monday is a big day for Montreal. After two postponements, retail stores with their own entrance from the outside will finally start to reopen in the city and surrounding suburbs. As these stores' employees and customers start commuting again, the STM will be handing out reusable masks at 39 metro stations.\nThis first round of mask distribution will take place during the morning rush hour at the network's busiest stations as well as stations in infection "hot zones."\nThey are: Honoré-Beaugrand, Henri-Bourassa, St-Michel, Pie-IX, Radisson, Sauvé, Joliette, Crémazie, Laurier, Viau, Cadillac, Langelier, Jarry, De l’Église, Côte-Vertu, Angrignon, Vendôme, Bonaventure, Plamondon, Berri-UQAM, Snowdon, Lionel-Groulx, Jolicoeur, Jean-Talon, Guy-Concordia, Fabre, Frontenac, Beaubien, Sherbrooke, Champs-de-Mars, Rosemont, Papineau, Mont-Royal, Villa-Maria, Côte-Ste-Catherine, Verdun, Du Collège, Parc, and Monk.\nThe STM employees handing them out will be wearing visors, masks, and gloves.\n"Other rounds of distribution to customers are planned over the next few months, depending on how the situation and supply evolve, to eventually provide a total of some 1.5 million face coverings," the STM wrote in a statement.\nGovernment officials have been more and more adamant that Quebec residents, and especially Montrealers, wear a mask in public spaces where social distancing is difficult.\nThough masks are not mandatory, public health officials now recommend their use as an additional precaution to prevent the spread of infection.\nLeaders like Mayor Plante and Premier François Legault now regularly wear masks during their press conferences.\n[Let's take care of each other] ❣️🚇✔️ Starting Monday, we will start giving out reusable face coverings at multiple métro stations. Let us remind you that wearing a face covering is strongly suggested when traveling by bus or by métro.⏩ https://t.co/MLs3HkXJwd pic.twitter.com/Qr1s8xpsNv— STM (@stminfo) May 22, 2020\nQuebec's transport ministry began "strongly recommending" mask-wearing in public transit on May 5.\nThe distribution of face coverings is just one part of the STM's plan for deconfinement and an influx of customers.\nMetro service has returned to normal to prevent crowding despite a huge drop in ridership.\nThe company is also keeping the high-frequency cleaning schedule first introduced at the beginning of the health crisis.\n[#COVID19] 🚇🚌 Our Stations, trains, buses & minibuses are cleaned daily. However, our facilities are public and your collaboration is important. Follow basic hygiene measures so that a surface does not reinfect itself quickly ⏩ https://t.co/tHVw5SZfk7 pic.twitter.com/ptVPiT8xgP— STM (@stminfo) May 5, 2020\nIn April, the STM installed hand sanitizer distributers at metro station entrances.\n"We ask that everyone be responsible and demonstrate teamwork," STM CEO Luc Tremblay said.\n"We all have a role to play, whether that means implementing special measures, following guidelines or adopting new behaviours."\n[COVID19] 🚇🚿✔️ More than 125 contactless hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at the entrances to our métro stations. By next week, all of our stations will be equipped with them. Together, let's respect public health recommendations. pic.twitter.com/ibj5dS8HTA— STM (@stminfo) May 5, 2020\nStay tuned for more news.