Quebec to make masks mandatory on public transit as of July 13

Quebec is making masks mandatory on public transit as of July 13 across the province to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Premier François Legault unveiled the measure on Tuesday during an update in Montreal on his government’s response to the pandemic.

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The move comes one day after Dr. Horacio Arruda, director of Quebec public health, said obligatory masks were being discussed and hinted an announcement would be made in the coming days.

Quebec, the province hardest hit by the pandemic, has reported 55,390 cases as of Monday. Since March, the health crisis has killed 5,485 people — accounting for more than half of Canada’s 8,566 deaths.

The government reinstated daily updates on new cases and deaths on Monday after facing backlash for favouring a weekly format.

With files from the Canadian Press

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