The union of drivers for the Société de transport de Laval (STL) has taken measures to protect its members amid the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 in Quebec. A photo shared with MTL Blog shows the steps taken by one driver to try and avoid the spread of the virus on public buses. A notice posted on the bus asks passengers to avoid the front section and use the back door.
The sign also indicates that these measures are being taken to avoid the potential lack of bus drivers, which could be detrimental to public transit if a significant number of drivers have to stop work.
But while STL drivers take additional precautions, the STM confirmed to MTL Blog that it is not asking its drivers to take customers onboard through the back door.
An STM spokesperson explained, "We have put in place several preventive measures and our decisions are based on the recommendations of government and public health authorities."
They also asserted that "public health authorities continue to believe that the risk of transmission is low in public transportation and that hand washing and adherence to respiratory etiquette are good means of protection."
The following photo was taken on a #56 bus in Laval, which travels to and from the Montmorency metro station.
The message posted in the photo reads, "Afin de protéger le chauffeur et le potentiel manque de chauffeurs pour offrir le service d'autobus à la population, nous vous demandons d'entrer et de sortir par la porte arrière."
Translation: In order to protect the driver and prevent a potential lack of drivers to provide bus service to the public, we ask that you enter and exit through the back door.
An STL spokesperson confirmed with us that the photo above was, in fact, an STL bus. They also confirmed that the decision came from the drivers' union.
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While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.