Masks in enclosed public spaces to become mandatory


 16 July 2020

Wearing a mask or face covering that covers the nose and mouth will also be mandatory in enclosed or partially enclosed public places from July 18, 2020 for people age 12 and over. This obligation, with exceptions, will apply in the following places:

  • a retail business;
  • a service company;
  • a professional’s private office;
  • a place where municipal or government services are offered;
  • a personal care business (e.g., hairdressers, beauty care) ;
  • a shopping mall;
  • a place of worship;
  • a place where cultural or entertainment activities or services are offered (e.g., movie theatre, concert hall, etc.);
  • a rental room or other venue used to host events, such as conferences and conventions;
  • a place where sports or recreational activities are practiced;
  • a restaurant or bar;
  • a common area, including an elevator, of a tourist accommodation establishment;
  • educational institution (except pre-school, primary and secondary schools), including colleges and universities;
  • a train or bus station, a river station, a metro station or an airport.

Wearing a mask or face covering will also be mandatory to access or move around a lobby, reception area or elevator in an office building other than an apartment building.

A face shield may not be worn instead of a mask or face covering in places where wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory.

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New measures applicable to bars


 16 July 2020

The following measures will be in force in bars to reduce customer traffic and avoid an upsurge in the virus’ spread:

  • the operating hours of the holders of bar permits issued by the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (RACJ) are restricted. Bars must stop selling alcoholic beverages at midnight instead of 3 a.m. and customers must also have left bars not later than 1 a.m;
  • the reception capacity are restricted to 50% of the capacity indicated on the liquor licence;
  • dancing is prohibited and customers must be seated to consume alcohol;
  • bar owners must establish a register that records customers’ contact information or have a group of customers designate a person to facilitate epidemiological follow-up in the event of outbreaks. The process will, obviously, comply with privacy rules.

It should be noted that a broader police presence will be provided near busy sectors.

A CNESST inspector could also intervene to ensure that employers have implemented preventive measures to ensure the safety of workers.

The sectoral rules applicable in spaces with specific vocations must be applied to such areas of activity. Specific rules may also be added.

General and sectoral guides are available on the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST). to assist worksites in implementing preventive measures.

Tools are also available on the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. to facilitate the implementation of health recommendations.

It should be noted that health recommendations, including the 2-metre rule, must always be observed.

Full standardization of the school tax


 2 July 2020

To afford individuals and businesses greater financial flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is moving ahead to July 1, 2020 the reduction of the single school tax rate.

The government had already announced in Budget 2020-2021 an additional reduction of nearly $182 million in the tax burden of property owners that attained two-thirds of the anticipated reduction. The addition of nearly $173 million is enabling the government to announce today full standardization this year.

Accordingly, property owners will benefit from a $355-million reduction in their tax burden for 2020-2021.

The school tax rate applicable to Québec for the period from July 2020 to June 2021 will thus be set at $0.1054 per $100 of standardized property assessment.

All told, the reductions announced last year and this year represent an annual saving of $622 million for taxpayers.

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