Côte Saint-Luc's grace period for mandatory face mask wearing is over

Jul 7 2020, 6:13 am

The grace period to transition Côte Saint-Luc residents into wear face masks is now over.

At the beginning of June, Côte Saint-Luc became the first district in the province to make face masks mandatory inside indoor public places.

All stores, businesses, and municipal buildings will adhere to the new bylaw and as of today, non-wearers could be fined or asked to leave the property.

Fines starting at $100 could be issued to people who don’t wear masks and can reach up to $500 for repeat offences.

According to the Côte Saint-Luc website, “the by-law creates exceptions if a face covering inhibits a customer’s ability to breathe in any way or for health reasons such as asthma, cognitive disabilities or difficulties in hearing.”

Pharmacies throughout the borough will be selling face masks and the borough says it has received approximately 2,000 re-usable masks from the City of Montreal and 34,000 disposable masks from the Government of Quebec.

The by-law is set to expire on August 31 and then Côte Saint-Luc City Council will decide whether to amend the by-law to extend the time frame.

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