As part of its strategy to adapt the historic district to the challenges of COVID-19, the SDC Vieux-Montréal has imagined and designed a new display tool, which is also intended to be useful for all workers, residents, entrepreneurs and visitors to the neighbourhood. It is a sanitary terminal that reminds the public of safety measures to be observed, and also includes a hand sanitizer. The network of 25 terminals was designed exclusively for Old Montreal and the Old Port. Each one has an attached antiseptic gel dispenser to allow the businesspeople and shoppers of Old Montreal to disinfect their hands anywhere within the neighbourhood. These kiosks have been strategically positioned to cover both public spaces and areas with significant traffic. They will be maintained and refilled daily by a dedicated sanitation team, courtesy of the Old Montreal SDC. The sanitary terminals can be found in the neighbourhood until the beginning of November.
In addition to this first initiative, there is a new window signage allowing for simplified traffic management for Old Montreal businesses. A sign can be hung in the window, with the words “Welcome Enter!” on one side, and on the other, a reminder to customers to wait a few moments outside, as the internal capacity of the business has already been reached (respecting social distancing standards). This signage is offered free of charge to all commercial establishments in Old Montreal who ask for it.
As of July 18th, wearing a mask is obligatory for everyone in public areas. If you do not have your mask, business owners cannot let you enter their establishment. Please note that merchants found with a customer not wearing a mask could be subject to a rather harsh fine. Therefore, let’s stand with our business owners and cover our face as the law stipulates.
These initiatives will, in the long term, help to foster a safe atmosphere as well as educate Old Montreal businesspeople and customers on the right behaviours to adopt in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus. It will also promote the historic district as a welcoming, safe, and dynamic destination for customers in Quebec and the greater Montreal area.
Remember that these are exceptional projects in response to the health crisis.
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