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Restaurants serve up another 20-million free masks

Masks are now available at more than 700 partner restaurant locations, including those without drive-through service, adding more than 100 new locations and expanding the availability of masks to Albertans.

No purchase is necessary to pick up masks in restaurants, either at the counter or through drive-through.

“Albertans don’t shy away from hard work when there is a job to do,” Premier Jason Kenney said Monday.

“Right now, it’s our job to continue to do the work needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as our province relaunches. Washing your hands regularly, practising physical distancing, and wearing a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible will help keep us all safe.”

A&W, McDonald’s Canada, and Tim Hortons partner restaurants are handing out eight masks per person for this distribution.Distribution of masks through these restaurant partners resumed July 13.

“The first phase of free mask distribution in Alberta was a huge success and the response was an incredible show of community support,” Health Minister Tyler Shandro said.

In June, 20-million masks were distributed through restaurant partners, municipalities, long-term care facilities, First Nations and Metis settlements, and other organizations.

Wearing a non-medical mask when it’s difficult to maintain physical distancing of two metres is one way to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In addition to the masks now being resupplied to restaurant partner locations, government is also providing more masks to places of worship; seniors’ organizations and independent living facilities; long-term care and supportive living facilities; women’s shelters, homeless shelters and street outreach programs; and addiction treatment centres.

Mask use is not mandatory. They are an option for situations where maintaining a distance of two metres is not possible.

This program is intended to supplement an individual’s own efforts to acquire non-medical masks.

Albertans who wish to use non-medical masks are encouraged to purchase their own supply from local retailers in addition to using those provided by government.

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