Wearing a mask will be compulsory in the common areas of certain RPAs

Wearing a mask will become mandatory as of Monday for residents of private seniors’ residences (RPA) located in regions with a high rate of community transmission, the Department of Health and Social Services announced on Friday.

The quality intervention mask will be required for movements in the residence, in the elevators and in the interior common spaces.

The measure currently targets the regions of Mauricie, Center-du-Québec, Estrie, Montreal, Outaouais, Laval, Lanaudière, Laurentides and Montérégie.

In the Chaudière-Appalaches region, only the MRCs of Appalaches, Beauce-Sartigan, Robert-Cliche and Etchemins are targeted.

“The list of targeted territories could evolve according to the epidemiological situation”, warns the ministry in a press release.

In the residences on the territories of the Regional Board of Health and Social Services of Nunavik and of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, the decision will be at the discretion of the Regional Director of Public Health.

The ministry explains that the measure was recommended in the context of the fourth wave of COVID-19, when the Delta variant is much more contagious and virulent.

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