The Premier of Quebec, François Legault, is open to the idea of extending the obligation to wear a mask in indoor public places beyond the city of Montreal, but believes that it should be done in stages.
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“I am not closed to this decision. […] Nothing should be excluded including the wearing of a mask in all indoor public places, ”explained Mr. Legault during a press briefing in Saint-Jérôme.
He added that he learned at the same time that everyone that the metropolis would make the mask mandatory in indoor public places from July 27. Although he is not against the idea, he intends to discuss with Mayor Valérie Plante how the by-law will be applied.
Also, about fifty demonstrators awaited the Prime Minister on his arrival at the Gilles-Vigneault theater.
“It’s an imaginary health crisis”; “There are very few sick people”; “We don’t want to be forced to get vaccinated”; “I don’t want my daughter to go to school with a mask,” some shouted while others asked for the head of the director of public health, Horacio Arruda.
“There are people who say: ” the virus does not exist ”. I cannot agree with them, “reacted the Prime Minister in connection with the demonstration
“But there are others who want to take into account the balance of disadvantages. […] Where I join these people is that we cannot just look at the health side. We also have to look on the side of life, “continued Mr. Legault, stressing that everything is a question of balancing the health risks associated with COVID-19 and the other consequences.