Alberta calls mask distribution a 'huge success,' will give out another 20 million in July
A&W, McDonald's and Tim Hortons are distributing non-medical masks to Albertans starting Monday, June 8, 2020. (Dave Mitchell/CTV News Edmonton)
EDMONTON -- The Alberta government says the distribution of non-medical masks at drive-thrus was a "huge success," prompting another phase in July.
The province distributed approximately 14 million free masks at A&W, McDonald's and Tim Hortons drive-thrus, and another six million at places that included transit stations, First Nations and Metis Settlements and long-term care facilities.
"No other province in Canada has accomplished such a feat," Health Minister Tyler Shandro said.
"We will continue to support Albertans as we move through stage two of relaunch, and people continue to get back to work."
There was a limit of 10 packs per person handed out on the honour system, but some Albertans said they received more than they asked for.
The government will distribute another 20 million masks in July. Details of where they will be available will be released in the coming weeks.