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What you need to know about COVID-19: August 4, 2020
Alberta will distribute another 20 million non-medical masks mostly through drive-thru restaurants, beginning July 13.
As with the first round distributed in June, Albertans can pick up the masks at McDonald’s, A&W and Tim Hortons.
The province recommends the wearing of a mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when two metres of physical distancing is not possible.
“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 a Sunday news release.
Masks will also be distributed to municipalities without easy access to a restaurant, First Nations and Metis settlements, long-term care and senior’s centres, women’s shelters, homeless shelters and addiction treatment facilities.
Convenience store chain 7-Eleven will assist with the distribution of masks to transit services throughout Alberta.
Last month, four free masks could be picked up at one of 600 drive-thrus, using the honour system. Shandro said that 95 per cent of people in the province live within 10 kilometers of one of these restaurants.
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