Quebec to fine people who don’t follow mask guidelines

Quebecers who don’t follow COVID-19 mask guidelines will face fines starting Saturday.

Premier Francois 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.

He says while the vast majority of people have followed COVID-19 public health guidelines, those not following the rules are putting the province’s elderly and its health network at risk.

The premier says the tightening of the rules will focus on so-called yellow zones.

Quebec introduced a four-level, colour-coded COVID-19 alert system on Tuesday.

Green for vigilance, yellow for an early warning, orange for moderate alert and red for maximum alert.

Currently, four regions outside of Montreal that have recently seen an increase in COVID cases are in a yellow alert.