If you've been wondering what the STM and the Mayor of Montreal have been up to lately, I've got answers for you. During the City of Montreal's press conference held on May 4, officials announced that some STM buses are going to be turned into mobile COVID-19 testing clinics. The following day, Mayor Valérie Plante took to Instagram to unveil the result of this new initiative.
In the video of her walking to go see what the new mobile clinics look like, we see our Mayor sporting a protective face mask.
Mayor Plante has recently begun to ask that all Montrealers start wearing a protective face mask whenever they're going to be in a space where it'll be difficult to respect a two-metre distance from others.
For example, in grocery stores and pharmacies. Plante has even mentioned that it's a good idea to wear one when spending time in one of the city's parks.
And, we can all be happy to now know that she clearly practices what she preaches.
You can see both the Mayor's choice of protective face mask and the newest Montreal testing clinic on wheels below.
On May 5, Plante led her Instagram followers on her journey to get a glimpse of the city's new STM bus mobile clinics.
When it came to wearing a mask for the occasion, Valérie Plante wasn't the only one with such an idea.
STM Chairman Philippe Schnobb and Regional Public Health Director Dr. Mylène Drouin both wore one as well.
La première clinique de dépistage mobile est inaugurée devant l’Hôtel-Dieu 👏🚍 Merci à Dre Mylène Drouin… https://t.co/ujCCUWaGpp— Valérie Plante (@Valérie Plante) 1588702543.0
While wearing a mask in public spaces has not been made mandatory in Quebec, it's being highly encouraged of us by the provincial government.
face mask is "not a substitute for physical distancing and hand washing," though.has made sure to point out that a
And without further ado, here's what one of the new STM bus COVID-19 testing clinics looks like.
Not your average clinic, right?
But an amazing initiative, if you ask me. And Valérie Plante says it's "super."
In a statement about these new clinics, the STM wrote that "once the morning rush hour is over, STM drivers will position the buses in the sectors identified by public health."
"At the end of the day, the buses will be completely cleaned and disinfected by public health before returning to the STM's garages."
These mobile clinics are intended to be a step forward to ensuring a safe deconfinement plan for all Montrealers.
They will be set up in "hotspots" for the virus around the city, considerably in neighbourhoods where there are other barriers to testing access.
If you use public transport in the near future, this is another spot where locals are being asked to wear a face mask by city officials.