Quebec shuts down most glass industry activities
By Patrick Flannery
The Quebec provincial government has released its list of essential services that will be allowed to remain open. All other businesses must cease operations until April 13, except for those that can be accomplished from employee’s homes. The list does not appear to include most regular fabrication, delivery and installation of architectural glass products.
“Construction, maintenance and the maintenance of essential activities related to public and private infrastructure that may pose a threat to public health and safety (private dams, the management of hazardous and radioactive materials, and so on);” could potentially include glazing on critical buildings. No other construction activities relevant to glazing appear on the list.
“The production of inputs necessary for priority sectors” could conceivably include glass and building facade fabrication for use in critical construction projects.
Under manufacturing, the list includes: “industrial complexes, especially the aluminum sector, and mining complexes must reduce to a minimum their activities.” Whether glass fabrication counts as an “industrial complex” is unclear.