While Montreal is a wonderful city to live in, our winters are harsh and our metro commuters are even harsher. Sometimes, it's as if people on the Montreal metro act like jerks on purpose, put on this planet specifically to annoy you while trying to get to work at 8 a.m. having only woken up less than an hour ago.
Really, we've all been in a situation where a fellow commuter just has the worst metro etiquette imaginable, and somehow, that annoyance compounds when the temperature drops below zero.
So instead of trying out your favourite WWE wrestling move on that annoying commuter, send them these simple rules and make sure they tattoo them on their brain.
Rule #1: You. Shall Not. Pass.
A good metro rider waits until people get off the metro before piling in.
It's even worse in the winter because everyone is wearing 16 layers and a Canada Goose jacket.
You won't feel someone's sweaty leg brush up against yours like you do in the summer, but having a face full of someone's fur-trimmed hood is arguably worse.
Rule #2: Understand that slush turns to mush
Montreal winters create this lovely phenomenon called slush, a mix of snow, mud and street trash that just gathers on the underside of your boots.
When it gets slightly melty, it becomes mush, often found in the threshold of those god-forsaken metro butterfly doors or at the bottom of a staircase.
If you aren't paying attention and rudely pushing past everyone, that mush can send you crashing to the ground along with others in your vicinity.
Also please do not put your muddy boots on the seats.
Rule #3: Breathe (into a mask)
There's a little something called a global pandemic still happening and while it looks like a vaccine is on the way, wearing a face-covering is still mandatory unless you fall under one of the few exemptions outlined by the Government of Quebec.
The Government of Canada has outlined its recommendations for an appropriate face-covering online.
And. Cover. Your. Nose.
Rule #4: Personal Space
If you only take away one rule from this guide, let it be this: personal space.
Now more than ever, personal space on the metro is absolutely crucial. You're under layers of clothing and so is everyone else, can you think of anything worse than being crowded up against someone?
Rule #5: Personal Space!!!
Ok, I lied. You have to take away two rules.
But seriously, be respectful and respect others' personal space in the metro during the winter. With possibly more people taking the metro as the frost sets in, it's especially important to think about the space you occupy.
The STM recommends spreading out across metro platforms and within trains for optimal physical distancing.
Rule #6: Kindness is hotter than Guy-Concordia in January
We all have our issues but remember that kindness is always in fashion.
When we're in the metro, we're all literally in the same boat. Though there are a few bad apples that ruin it for everyone, following these simple principles of metro etiquette will guarantee you have a happy metro ride this winter.
Because honestly, we all need a little break from the stress.