Quebec not planning to make masks obligatory — for now

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QUEBEC — For the second, the federal government has no plans to make the sporting of face masks obligatory in Quebec.

On the identical day group of Quebec health professionals known as on the federal government to make masks obligatory in closed public areas — or the place two metre distancing just isn’t attainable — public well being director Horacio Arruda mentioned he’s not able to go that means.

“I believe we should always not exclude it,” Arruda mentioned Thursday at Premier François Legault’s pandemic briefing on the Nationwide Meeting. “However we’re going to take a look at the literature. It (sporting masks) is the opinion of individuals we respect.”

Arruda mentioned Quebec’s present coverage is to “strongly suggest” residents put on masks and within the hope it turns into a brand new social norm with no need to get crack down.

For now, he mentioned he’ll await the opinions of worldwide and Canadian specialists. He famous no Canadian province has made such a transfer up to now.

“There are research which present a sure degree of effectivity,” Arruda mentioned, including that bodily distancing and the washing of fingers helps cease the unfold of the coronavirus.