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 neighborhood. It is a sanitary terminal reminding us of the measures to be observed, which also include a hand sanitizer. It is therefore a network of 25 terminals, designed exclusively for the Old Montreal, which was installed throughout the territory on May 25, when several retail businesses with storefronts reopened. Currently having a unique display mandate to encourage good health behaviors to limit the spread of the virus, an antiseptic gel dispenser will be attached to each terminal to allow Old Montreal businesspeople and shoppers to disinfect their hands everywhere within the neighbourhood. These kiosks have been strategically positioned to cover both public spaces and areas with significant traffic. The terminals will be maintained and refilled daily by a dedicated health team from SDC Vieux-Montréal. The sanitary terminals will be visible in the district until the beginning of November.
Signage to help merchants manage store traffic
In addition to this first initiative, there is a new window signage allowing simplified traffic management for businesses in Old Montreal. These standardized signage can be hung on one side with the words “Bienvenue Entrez!” “And 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 at each commercial establishment in Old Montreal as soon as it reopens.
In order to improve the feeling of safety in the historic district, and to support business owners in the application of sanitary measures in the public domain, a special unit of police cadets will be deployed in June. This project is the result of collaboration with the SPVM, and it aims to station twelve police cadets in Old Montreal to promote good behaviour during the health crisis. This brigade of cadets also have the directive of supporting business owners in the application of the recommended sanitary measures, particularly with regard to social distancing in lines, traffic management, customer proximity on terraces, etc.
The special police cadet program will be in effect from June 1 to October 1, 2020.These initiatives will, in the long term, help to foster a safe atmosphere as well as educate business people and Old Montreal customers on the right behaviours to adopt to limit the spread of the coronavirus. It will also promote the historic district as a welcoming, safe and dynamic destination for customers in greater Montreal and Quebec.
Remember that these are exceptional projects in response to the health crisis. Follow this link to find out more about the other measures applicable to the living environment in the historic district: https://vieuxmontreal.ca/en/publications/public-safety-measures
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