COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Monday
Premier announces masks will be mandatory in indoor public spaces, starting Saturday
- Quebec has 56,621 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 5,628 people have died, an increase of 100 cases and one death from a day earlier.
- There are 305 people in hospital (a decrease of one), including 21 in intensive care (an increase of one). Here's a guide to the numbers.
- CBC Montreal is collecting stories from Quebecers who have recovered from COVID-19. If you would like to share your experience, please get in touch.
- Having trouble keeping track of what has reopened? Consult our list.
Masks or face coverings will be mandatory in all indoor public spaces across Quebec, starting Saturday.
Premier François Legault made that announcement earlier this afternoon. You can watch the news conference on CBC Montreal's Facebook page.
The regulation applies to everyone aged 12 and up, except for those with a medical condition that precludes them from wearing a mask.
As of this morning, commuters across the province must wear masks while taking public transit.
Top COVID-19 stories today
- Montreal public health officials are calling on everyone who has visited or worked at a bar in the city since July 1 to get tested for COVID-19.
- Montrealers who live alone share stories of pandemic isolation.
- As COVID-19 prevents international travel, shops, take-out restaurants and other businesses on Île d'Orléans are seeing a boom in tourism from Quebecers.
- Close to 9,000 Canadians have died from COVID-19 since early March. CBC News has gathered tributes to them from family, friends and colleagues.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- New or worsening cough.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Sudden loss of smell without a stuffy nose.
If you think you may have COVID-19, the government asks that you call 1‑877‑644‑4545 to schedule an appointment at a screening clinic.
Quebec government reminders for preventing the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid touching your face.
- It is recommended to wear a mask or face covering, especially when physical distancing is not possible, in an indoor public space and on public transit.
- Stay at least two metres away from other people as much as possible.
- Self-isolate for 14 days after returning from a stay outside the country.