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

Montreal is planning on making masks mandatory for enclosed public spaces, and more enforcement is coming for bars and nightclubs. Here is what you need to know.

Montreal to make masks mandatory indoors, more enforcement coming for bars

A woman wears a face mask as she pushes another woman in a wheelchair in Montreal Sunday. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press )
  • Quebec has 55,937 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 5,577 people have died, an increase of 74 cases and three deaths. 
  • There are 377 people in hospital (an increase of 6), including 25 in intensive care (a decrease of one). Here's a guide to the numbers.
  • The Saint-Jérôme regional hospital has suspended most visits indefinitely due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • 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.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says her administration is working on a new regulation that will make it mandatory to wear a face covering in enclosed public places.

"We must do everything to protect ourselves," she said in a statement published to social media on Monday.

Plante said the city is intending on having the new rule in place by July 27, but there will be a grace period before it is enforced.

More enforcement for bars coming

Quebec's health minister says the province will not hesitate to shut down bars, nightclubs and other gathering places if they don't comply with COVID-19 regulations, after a new spike in infections was detected last week on Montreal's South Shore.

By Thursday, the province will release details about how customers and venues could be fined if they do not respect the rules, Health Minister Christian Dubé said at a news conference Monday. There will also be an increased police presence in these venues starting on Thursday. 

"Your responsibility is to ensure public health directives are complied with," Dubé said, addressing venue owners at the news conference.

"If the rules are not respected, we will close your venue."

Nightclubs reopened this past weekend, with new restrictions to ensure clients and staff respect the province's safety guidelines.

This means that, among other things, dancing will not be allowed and clients will have to remain seated

South Shore infections linked to bar, house parties

Public health authorities in the Montérégie are calling on people who visited Mile Public House last Tuesday night to get tested for COVID-19.

Five people who were inside and on the patio of the establishment, which is at the DIX30 shopping centre, between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. June 30 have since tested positive for the virus. 

They are some of the more than 20 positive cases linked to two large house parties in the region, said the public health director of the CISSS de la Montérégie. 

PPE Portrait Project humanizes nurses in full gear

The nurses of the MUHC's Royal Victoria Hospital intensive-care unit are now wearing pictures of themselves so that patients and colleagues can recognize them through their face masks, shields and hospital gowns.

Lanyards with laminated photos are meant to be worn outside of patients' rooms, so nurses can recognize each other, and for when they speak to family members. When the nurses go inside the rooms, they put sanitized stickers on the gown that goes over their scrubs.

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