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Masks will be mandatory in Quebec on Saturday

Businesses will face steep fines for accommodating unmasked clients.

UPDATED: Quebec Premier François Legault announced this afternoon that wearing masks or face coverings indoors will be mandatory throughout the province as of Saturday, July 18. Retailers will be responsible for refusing entry to people not wearing masks, and businesses caught with anyone inside not wearing a mask could be fined between $1,000 and $6,000. The introduction of fines for individuals is expected to be introduced later this summer.

This comes as Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante is working on a bylaw to make masks mandatory in the city, and on the same day that the face covering regulation came into effect in the STM public transit system. As of July 18, masks will also mandatory on public transit throughout Quebec. ■

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