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COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Monday

Deputy premier Geneviève Guilbault says she wants masks to become normalized in Quebec.

Deputy premier tells Quebecers to get used to wearing masks in public

A man wears a face mask as he exits a store in Montreal Saturday. The wearing of masks or protective face coverings in indoor public spaces is now mandatory. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
  • Quebec reported 150 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths Monday. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 57,616 confirmed cases and 5,657 people have died. 
  • There are 251 people in hospital (no change from a day earlier), including 17 in intensive care (a decrease 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

Deputy premier Geneviève Guilbault thanked Quebecers for adopting the province's new mandatory mask rule at a news conference Monday.

As of last weekend, masks are required in enclosed public spaces. The rule was met with widespread support from customers and merchants, as well as some small but vocal resistance.

"We want to get to a point where we don't necessarily need to explain the scientific reasons for wearing a mask. The longer you wear it, the more it will become normal," Guilbault said. 

Although there has been a slight increase in cases in the province in the past week, Guilbault noted that it coincides with an increase in testing.

WATCH: Guilbault says it's the responsibility of all Quebecers to wear a mask: 

Quebecers urged to take responsibility and wear a mask

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Three days into the provincial government's mandatory mask order, Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault says the inconvenience is small compared to the risk of not wearing one. 0:32

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

  • Fever. 
  • 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 now mandatory to wear a mask or face covering in enclosed public spaces.
  • 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.

You can find information on COVID-19 in the province here and information on the situation in Montreal here

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