No return of the mandatory mask in the short term in Quebec, says Legault | Coronavirus

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No return of the mandatory mask in the short term in Quebec, says Legault | Coronavirus

The Premier of Quebec answered questions from journalists on the sidelines of a caucus meeting of his deputies at the Quebec City Convention Center.

In the coming weeks, Quebecers should not not expect to be required to wear a mask again in public places. They will be recommended to wear one, but the decision will be left to the individual's discretion.

This is what Prime Minister François Legault indicated in substance during a brief scrum on Tuesday, on the sidelines of a caucus meeting of his deputies at the Convention Center of Quebec, in preparation for the next parliamentary session.

The Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, and the National Director of Public Health, Dr. Luc Boileau, will provide an update on this issue on Wednesday, as health specialists observe an upsurge in respiratory infections across the country, particularly among children, at a time when the COVID-19 virus is still rampant and the seasonal flu virus appears.

There is no question of reintroducing new wearing a mask in public places is mandatory, commented Mr. Legault.

The day before, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health had said he strongly recommended wearing a mask. mask in all indoor public places, including schools and daycares, but without going so far as to make it compulsory everywhere for everyone.

Dr. Kieran Moore made the recommendation Monday as part of an update on the pediatric respiratory virus season, which has seen the province's children's hospitals overwhelmed in recent weeks by a massive influx of very sick young children.

Sunday, as the holiday season approaches, conducive to gatherings and rapprochements, the College of Physicians of Quebec recommended again to the population to wear the mask in public places.

For its part, federal public health stressed Thursday that people should be extra careful because respiratory viruses were experiencing a strong start to the season in the country, immunity to COVID-19 is down and social contact is increasing as sanitary measures are relaxed.

In Quebec, wearing a mask is no longer required in the majority of public spaces since the 14 May.

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