Quebec's Ministry of Transport (MTQ) now "strongly recommends" that all public transit users wear masks. In a statement, the Ministry of Transport, the CNESST, and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) outlined their recommendations to the public and reassured everyone that public transit is still safe to use. The STM is also "[looking] into measures that could be implemented to protect customers and employees post lockdown."\nFacing the province's gradual deconfinement, the MTQ highlighted that the situation on public transit is being closely monitored.\nThough face coverings are now recommended, the public should keep in mind that wearing a mask doesn't give one the right to flout the other health and safety rules, the Ministry makes clear.\nThe MTQ and its partners outlined the following recommendations that they say all public transit users should follow when on the bus, metro, or train:\n"keep your distance;\n\n\n"wear a face covering on buses and subway cars as well as in places where physical distancing is not always possible;\n\n\n"cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when sneezing and wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;\n\n\n"don't take public transit if you have symptoms associated with COVID-19."\nThey also ask that employers allow employees to work from home and offer flexible schedules whenever possible to mitigate public transit crowding at rush hours.\nThe CNESST has also released a series of health and safety tips for public transit employees during the pandemic.\nThese new recommendations come after the announcement of gradual deconfinement in some of Quebec's business sectors, which could lead to an increase in the number of public transit riders.\nAs the situation develops across the province, public health authorities are keeping an eye on Montreal, the epicentre of the pandemic in Quebec.\nLa situation reste stable dans nos hôpitaux, mais dans la région de Montréal, on a moins de marge de manœuvre. C’est pour ça qu’on a décidé de reporter l’ouverture des commerces dans la région métropolitaine de Montréal au 18 mai. Les détails : pic.twitter.com/jTW5XJveL5— François Legault (@francoislegault) May 4, 2020\nThe STM has been following health and safety guidelines since the outbreak first began in March.\nThe transit company is also preparing for a slow resumption of more normal activities.\nREAD ALSO: Here's What You Need To Know About Montreal's Current COVID-19 Situation\nIn April, the STM announced that it would install hand sanitizer dispensers at metro entrances and distribute protective equipment to its employees.\nLa première clinique de dépistage mobile est inaugurée devant l’Hôtel-Dieu 👏🚍 Merci à Dre Mylène Drouin @Santepub_Mtl et Philippe @schnobb de la @stm_nouvelles pour leur collaboration. Ensemble, on ne laisse personne derrière. #covid19 #polmtl pic.twitter.com/VctWL0QpN6— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) May 5, 2020\nThe company is also helping in the effort to increase testing ahead of the planned May 18 opening of retail establishments in Montreal.\nIn collaboration with the City of Montreal and the regional public authority, some of its buses are being converted into mobile COVID-19 testing clinics and will target some of the hardest-hit neighbourhoods in the city.\nSi on regarde ce qui se passe dans la population en général, on voit que la courbe de contagion a atteint un plateau. C’est ce qui nous permet de rouvrir certaines entreprises très graduellement au cours des prochaines semaines.Voici les détails 👇 pic.twitter.com/Bxxxvvcf1F— François Legault (@francoislegault) April 28, 2020\nStay tuned for more news.