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How Quebec's new mandatory masks rule works


Effective now, masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces across the province. The new measure is kicking in as Quebec witnesses a slow but steady increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

"It's better to wear a mask than to be confined at home," said Premier François Legault as he made the announcement last Monday.

"It's not fun wearing a mask, but it's essential."

The regulation applies to everyone aged 12 and up, although Legault said even children as young as two could be encouraged to wear a mask — either a certified medical face covering or a handcrafted one, as long as it covers the nose and mouth.

Here are the answers to some of your questions about when exactly the rules apply and how they will be enforced.

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