The bus drivers union of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is satisfied with Quebec’s decision to force the mask to be worn on public transportation.
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The union has been asking since April 10 that public transit users wear the mask. The acting president, Daniel Leroux, indicates that the masks contribute to ensuring the safety of its members and customers.
“Since there will be better security in public transit, we hope that more users will be available,” said Daniel Leroux, the union’s acting president, by email.
The latter specifies that it will not, however, be the responsibility of its members to play the “mask police”.
“It is not up to our members to manage who has a mask and who does not, or to restrict access to public transportation,” he said.
Reviews for Montreal
For some Montreal municipal opposition politicians, this decision should have been made much earlier by Mayor Valérie Plante.
The official opposition at the town hall recalls making this request since April. “For us it was obvious. Montreal was the epicenter of the pandemic in Quebec and Canada, and it still is, “said Ensemble Montreal chief Lionel Perez.
Mr. Perez deplores that Mayor Plante did not act before the deconfinement to get the population used to it. According to him, citizens are already fearful of taking public transportation since few people wear the mask.
Same story with Marvin Rotrand, Snowdon’s independent advisor. “Montreal is one of the last major cities in the world not to have adopted a similar rule,” he noted.
The latter considers that it is a “lack of leadership” on the part of the mayor. “People are afraid to use public transportation. Why did Valérie Plante decide to hide behind Quebec and public health? ”He asks himself.