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Mandatory mask order comes as a relief to B.C. retailers

The announcement that masks will be mandatory in all indoor public spaces in British Columbia was welcome news to retailers who have struggled to enforce mask-wearing in their stores. The Retail Council of Canada had been pushing the province to make face masks or coverings a requirement for weeks. It will not be easier for …

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Calgary city council decides to keep mask bylaw

The Calgary city council voted 11-3 to continue the mandatory face mask bylaw, following a recommendation from the administration that no changes be made. The objectives of the bylaw include increasing the usage of face masks or coverings to help reduce transmission of COVID-19 and to keep Calgary’s economy open. The early indications are that …

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Airdrie doctors group urges city to mandate masks as cases climb

According to doctors, the medical system in Airdrie is close to a breaking point. A group representing all 50 of Airdrie’s family physicians has asked the city to make masks mandatory. The existing bylaw in Airdrie which was approved by the council at the end of July states that mask-wearing will be made mandatory when …

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Enroll in the N95 mask fit course by Calgary First Aid

As workplaces, schools, and organizations prepare to re-open, there is an increasing demand for respiratory protection. When N95 masks are utilized at medical and dental offices and long-term care facilities, a mask fit course is a health and safety regulatory requirement. We provide a cost-effective N95 mask fit course to support this need. At Calgary …

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Mandating masks will remain the job of businesses and services

The provincial health officer states that mask mandates alone have not made a difference in the spread of COVID-19. B.C.’s provincial health officer shares that she will continue to resist calls for a mandatory mask order, stating that it will remain the responsibility of businesses, community services, and transportation providers to implement rules on face …

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How to stay safe while flying amid COVID-19 pandemic

Many passengers who recently took flights that landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport share that they felt safe on board their flights. While the flying experience was different, it was not too uncomfortable. Public health officials state that it is best to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but if a person must …

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Laval mother pushes Indigo to change its policy of face coverings

Indigo stated that it has changed its policy to allow face mask exemptions in Quebec stores after an incident was brought to their attention. Voula Constantinacos shared that she was pleased with the company’s change of heart. But earlier in the day, she stated that she was still reeling from what she claims happened when …

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Calgary city council votes to keep mask bylaw in effect

The Calgary city council voted 11-3 to continue the mandatory face mask bylaw, following a recommendation from the administration that no changes be made. The objectives of the bylaw include increasing the usage of face masks or coverings to help reduce transmission of COVID-19 and to keep Calgary’s economy open. The early indications are that …

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Ottawa Public Health looking at how to target COVID-19 spread with affecting businesses

As Ottawa starts the second week of the modified Stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions, the medical officer of health of Ottawa suggests health officials are “still wide open” on what to do next if there is not a decline in COVID-19 transmission rates over the 28-day period. While the health officials are looking at ways to …

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Quebec makes face masks mandatory for high school students in coronavirus red zones

Quebec is tightening measures in designated COVID-19 red zones by making face masks mandatory for high school students, closing gyms, and prohibiting team sports for at least 20 days. High school students in affected areas, including Montreal and Quebec City, will be required to wear face masks in the classroom and on school grounds at …

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