Measures implemented due to the ((COVID-19)) pandemic

​​​​​​​​The Ministère has implemented certain measures to ensure the transportation related to goods and services in all regions of Québec and to protect the health of the general population and the workers.

Measures implemented

Reopening of construction sites

Since May 11, the Ministère has progressively reopened the vast majority of its roadwork projects scheduled for 2020, taking into account specific regional health measures. Reopening of the sites will be a stimulus to economic development throughout Québec. On each of those sites, public health measures as well as the recommendations of the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) will be implemented in order to guarantee workers’ safety.

In addition, the Ministère has issued notices to businesses with which it has contractual relationships, in order to answer the various questions raised and to find harmonious solutions.

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Road freight transportation

Freight transportation is not affected by the restrictions on travel between provinces and between Canada and the United States. Truck drivers who return to Québec from another province or the United States for work are not required to quarantine for 14 days on returning to Québec unless they have COVID 19 symptoms. The Ministère continues its consultation with businesses and truck drivers to understand their needs and the realities they face on the road, with a view to maintaining supply chains.

The Institut national de santé publique (INSPQ) published preventive measures to apply in the workplace to protect the health of workers in the trucking industry.

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Public transit, taxi, ridesharing, paratransit services and ferries

Wearing a face covering, also known as a homemade mask, has been mandatory on public transit since July 13, 2020 for people age 12 and over. This obligation applies to buses, the subway, ferries, taxis, car services, etc. Children under 12 years of age, people whose particular medical condition prevents them from wearing a mask and people who are unable to put on or take off a mask by themselves do not have to wear a face covering on public transit. However, for children between 2 and 12 years of age, wearing a face covering or mask is recommended.

Persons who offer taxi, ridesharing and paratransit services must comply with the health recommendations and follow the interim recommendations from the INSPQ.

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