Catch up on all the big stories that happened this week in Montreal.
The city of Montreal intends to pass a bylaw making face coverings mandatory in enclosed public places by July 27, Mayor Valérie Plante announced Monday afternoon. In a social media post, Plante said the city has come to the decision after witnessing outbreaks in surrounding suburbs in recent days, which could “undermine the efforts” the city has made since the beginning of the pandemic. “A setback would be a disaster for human lives and for our economy,” the mayor wrote.
A spike in COVID-19 cases on the South Shore that’s being blamed on two house parties and on patrons who flouted physical distancing guidelines at a crowded bar in late June should serve as a warning that it’s too soon to reopen bars and too soon for Quebecers to let their guard down, says an expert on community disease transmission. “From an epidemiological perspective, there’s no question about it — I would not open bars,” said David Buckeridge, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at McGill University’s school of population and global health.