Province's free mask giveaway returns to Alberta drive-thrus
EDMONTON -- Albertans can get more free non-medical masks from the province beginning Monday.
The 20-million free masks are again available at select McDonald's, A&W and Tim Hortons drive-thrus.
Masks will also be provided to municipalities without access to these fast-food restaurants, First Nations and Metis Settlements, places of worship, transit services, long-term care and supported living facilities and more.
This is the second round of the mask giveaway. The first phase launched in June and distributed approximately 14-million masks.
Some people reported receiving more than the recommended number of masks per person. Others criticised the rollout for discriminating against people without vehicles.
Masks are not mandatory, but Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw "strongly" recommends them when physical distancing isn't possible.
"When used properly, masks can protect others and help limit the spread of COVID-19," she said.
"Wearing a mask is common sense precaution...wearing one is the right thing to do."
SHOULD MASKS BE MANDATORY?
Popular Edmonton restaurant Northern Chicken reopened its doors Monday with a number of health precautions, including mandatory masks among customers in an effort to keep staff safe.
"I know they're going to be taking the masks on and off and that's not ideal, but it does keep the staff safe and a little bit more comfortable," owner and head chef Matthew Phillips said.
The fried chicken joint also has a digital menu, distancing markers, plexi-glass and hand sanitizer.
On Tuesday, the City of Edmonton is launching a survey asking citizens if masks should be mandatory.