Quebec’s director of public health said he was confident of approving the lifting of the mask-wearing on May 14 and finding a way out despite it all, as the final decision would be made next week.
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Even if it should fall in public places such as restaurants and shopping centers, the mask requirement remains in place on public transport and in health facilities.
The Dright Luc Boileau indicated in a press conference today that the pandemic situation is improving and the data are encouraging, but that he prefers to remain cautious and wait a little longer.
“Final guidance on whether or not to proceed will be made early next week,” he said.
The medic nonetheless expressed optimism, saying he was “very confident” in announcing the end of the mask for May 14.
“Right now we don’t see anything else that could thwart this intention, which is working towards phasing out mask-wearing by mid-May,” he said.
The public health recommendation will be presented next Monday and the government should make the final decision on Tuesday.
Healthcare professionals endorse the decision and believe the timing is appropriate.
“It’s a decision that’s still well-founded,” says microbiologist Dright Karl Weiss.
“We opened the company in Quebec two or three months ago. We didn’t have a disaster scenario where the healthcare system collapsed,” he adds.
But even if it were to fall off in public places, the mask remains mandatory on public transport, as well as in healthcare settings such as hospitals or CHSLDs where patients “remain very vulnerable.”
The regulations on isolation and wearing a mask in case of symptoms also remain in place despite the imminent withdrawal of the last major population measure against COVID-19.
People who have contracted the virus should therefore continue to isolate themselves for five days and wear the mask for ten days.
- Listen to the interview with Marc Hamilton, microbiologist and President of Eurofins EnvironeX Group, on QUB radio:
“It is important that those who are symptomatic and have COVID continue to self-isolate,” said the Dright Jean Longtin, Public Health Advisor.
“We want it to be a reflex. We have symptoms, we are isolating. And even the virus doesn’t matter. »
Wearing a mask has been mandatory in Quebec since July 18, 2020 in public places.
— With the assistance of Simon Baillargeon
Evolution of mask wearing in Quebec
July 13, 2020
- Mandatory face covering or mask on public transport and ferries
July 18, 2020
- Wearing a mask is mandatory in closed public places throughout Quebec
- Charges for mask refusal begin
October 8, 2020
- Mask requirement everywhere in secondary school in red zone regions
January 11, 2021
- Mask requirement in class in 5and and 6and primary school year and for all students in the corridors
January 18, 2021
- Masks are compulsory at all times in secondary school
March 8, 2021
- Masks are compulsory for all first years of studyD at 6and year in the red zone class
April 12, 2021
- Masks are compulsory in class at all levels
April 14, 2021
- Mandatory mask for outdoor or indoor leisure or group sports activities
March 7, 2022
- End of the mask requirement for students in class
April 15, 2022
- First planned end-of-mask-wear date, postponed by two weeks
April 30, 2022
- Second planned date for the end of mask wearing, again postponed by two weeks
May 14, 2022
- Planned date for the end of the Dright Boileau on 28