Quebec is making mask-wearing mandatory in classrooms for high school students in regions at the highest COVID-19 alert level.
Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge said today the new directive will enter into effect on Thursday and remain until at least Oct. 28.
The mask-wearing order is among a series of new public health measures that Roberge says aims to ensure students, teachers and school staff are safe amid a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Quebec.
The greater Montreal and Quebec City areas, as well as the Chaudiere-Appalaches region south of the provincial capital, are at the highest COVID-19 alert level.
Earlier today, the province reported 1,191 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day total since the beginning of the pandemic.
That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the province to 79,650.
Health officials reported two deaths in the past 24-hours attributed to the novel coronavirus, and four that they said occurred at earlier dates, bringing the province’s death toll to 5,884.
The Canadian Press
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