The STM Just Put Out A Snarky Video Showing How NOT To Wear A Mask

No, carrying a mask in your hand doesn't count as "wearing a mask."
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The STM Just Put Out A Snarky Video Showing How NOT To Wear A Mask

Almost overnight, masks became the norm in Quebec. But some people still seem to struggle with proper mask conduct. In response, the STM put out a video Monday morning to demonstrate how customers should NOT wear their masks.

The playful but pointed video shows a cartoon passenger making ridiculous but all-too-familiar mask mistakes, from wearing it on the forehead like a bandana to taking it off the face altogether and just carrying it in their hand.

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The only proper way to wear a mask, the STM makes clear, is to cover the nose and mouth.

The STM did not immediately respond to a question about whether it has seen a large number of riders with improper mask conduct. This article will be updated when we receive a response.

Face-coverings have been mandatory on public transit in Quebec since July 13, and though the STM previously told MTL Blog that the vast majority of its customers are complying with the rule, a few viralvideos have shown confrontations between the mask-wearing and the mask-less.

But even in these rare instances, the company has said it opts for an approach that favours raising awareness rather than "coercion" and penalties.

STM employees are prepared to give masks to people who enter stations or buses without them.

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Thomas MacDonald
Senior Editor
Thomas is MTL Blog's Senior Editor. He lives in Saint-Henri and loves it so much that he named his cat after it. On weekdays, he's publishing stories, editing and helping to manage MTL Blog's team of amazing writers. His beats include the STM, provincial and municipal politics and Céline Dion. On weekends, you might run into him brunching at Greenspot, walking along the Lachine Canal or walking Henri the cat in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.
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