Quebec Premier François Legault announced that workers in certain sectors throughout the province will be able to return to work this week.
On Easter Monday, Legault said that “all protocols are in place to protect these employees,” stressing that the two metre physical distance guidelines will remain in effect as well as added cleaning.
Newly added essential services to Quebec’s list includes:
- Service stations, vehicle maintenance and repairs, tow trucks, roadside assistance
- Landscaping and lawn maintenance, swimming pool stores
- Garden centres
- Residential construction
- Mining operations
Employees within the sectors will be allowed to return to work as of Wednesday, April 15. Residential construction crews can return on Monday, April 20, assuming the projects are scheduled to be finished by July 31, 2020.
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Quebec’s Ministry of Transport also announced the deadline for removing studded winter tires has been pushed back from May 1 to June 5, giving vehicle owners more time to make the move and mechanics less crowded workspaces.
Je veux rassurer les familles de nos aînés. Les choses se passent bien dans la majorité des CHSLD & des résidences. On va continuer nos inspections pour s’assurer que la situation est sous contrôle partout.
Aussi, on annonce des ajouts dans la liste des services prioritaires👇 pic.twitter.com/Vu788fcdVF
— François Legault (@francoislegault) April 13, 2020
Construction crews and employers will have constant access to hand sanitizer, disinfectants, and soap, the premier said.