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Quebecers who don't follow COVID-19 mask guidelines to face fines as of Saturday

Last Updated Sep 10, 2020 at 6:43 am PST

Shoppers wear masks at a mall on the third day of Quebec's mandatory mask order for all indoor public spaces Monday, July 20, 2020 in Laval, Que. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Quebec will start imposing fines on people who don't respect COVID-19 health directives

Failing to wear a mask in indoor public spaces could result in a fine starting Saturday

Quebecers who flout rules requiring face coverings in indoor public spaces will be subject to a fine beginning on Saturday.

Premier Francois Legault says the vast majority of Quebecers have followed COVID-19 public health guidelines for the past six months.

But Legault told a news conference in Quebec City Thursday some aren’t following the rules and are putting the province’s elderly and its health network at risk.

Legault says police will begin handing out fines to those not following the rules on public transit and in indoor public spaces where masks are mandatory.

The premier says the tightening of the rules will focus on so-called yellow zones _ currently four regions outside of Montreal that have recently seen an increase in COVID cases.

Quebec introduced a four-level, colour-coded COVID-19 alert system Tuesday _ green for vigilance, yellow for an early warning, orange for moderate alert and red for maximum alert.