The government strongly recommends that you wear a mask on public transit — and the STM is stepping up to make that possible. Since May 25, the transit company has been giving away free reusable masks in the Montreal metro system. In the week of June 1, it released a map showing where exactly the giveaway would take place each day.
"It is strongly recommended that you wear a face covering on public transit and in all situations where it is not possible to maintain a sufficient physical distance from others," the STM states on its website.
"Covering your face should therefore be added to other precautions you take, such as cough etiquette and hygiene rules, to stop the spread of the virus."
The first round of face-mask distributions targeted the network's busiest stations, as well as those in infection "hot zones."
Now, there are giveaways taking place at every station on Montreal Island.
Between June 1 and 5, STM mask distributions will take place between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
The STM employees handing out masks will be wearing visors, masks, and gloves.
In addition to the free masks for customers, the public transport agency has taken a number of steps to protect transit riders and its own employees as more people begin to use its services.
As well, all metro stations now have hand sanitizer dispensers at their entrances.
[Let's take care of each other] 🚇🚿✔️ All of our métro stations are equipped with contactless hand sanitizer dispens… https://t.co/NJ2VlZWgT5— STM - Tellement Montréal (@STM - Tellement Montréal) 1591097704.0
The STM is also maintaining the rigorous cleaning schedule it first introduced at the beginning of the health crisis at metro and bus stations, and on rolling stock.
To help meet those objectives, the company created summer maintenance jobs for students.
Those positions pay over $29 per hour.
For those who miss the mask giveaways in the metro, the Government of Quebec has released handy guides to make your own.
The STM's mask operation will continue until the end of June.
More dates are coming soon.