Quebec Transport Ministry Now 'Strongly Recommends' That You Wear A Mask On Public Transit

But it says that public transit is still safe to use.
Staff Writer
Wear A Face Mask On The STM Metro? Transport Ministry 'Strongly Recommends' It

Quebec's Ministry of Transport (MTQ) now "strongly recommends" that all public transit users wear masks. In a statement, the Ministry of Transport, the CNESST, and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) outlined their recommendations to the public and reassured everyone that public transit is still safe to use. The STM is also "[looking] into measures that could be implemented to protect customers and employees post lockdown."

Facing the province's gradual deconfinement, the MTQ highlighted that the situation on public transit is being closely monitored. 

Though face coverings are now recommended, the public should keep in mind that wearing a mask doesn't give one the right to flout the other health and safety rules, the Ministry makes clear.

The MTQ and its partners outlined the following recommendations that they say all public transit users should follow when on the bus, metro, or train:

  • "keep your distance;

  • "wear a face covering on buses and subway cars as well as in places where physical distancing is not always possible;

  • "cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when sneezing and wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;

  • "don't take public transit if you have symptoms associated with COVID-19."

They also ask that employers allow employees to work from home and offer flexible schedules whenever possible to mitigate public transit crowding at rush hours.

The CNESST has also released a series of health and safety tips for public transit employees during the pandemic. 

These new recommendations come after the announcement of gradual deconfinement in some of Quebec's business sectors, which could lead to an increase in the number of public transit riders.

As the situation develops across the province, public health authorities are keeping an eye on Montreal, the epicentre of the pandemic in Quebec. 

The STM has been following health and safety guidelines since the outbreak first began in March.

The transit company is also preparing for a slow resumption of more normal activities.

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In April, the STM announced that it would install hand sanitizer dispensers at metro entrances and distribute protective equipment to its employees

The company is also helping in the effort to increase testing ahead of the planned May 18 opening of retail establishments in Montreal.

In collaboration with the City of Montreal and the regional public authority, some of its buses are being converted into mobile COVID-19 testing clinics and will target some of the hardest-hit neighbourhoods in the city.

Stay tuned for more news. 

Teddy Elliot
Staff Writer
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