Saskatchewan Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Saqib Shahab advises Saskatchewan residents who are going to approach within two meters of another person to wear a mask.
“We have to think about how we put it, you don’t want to get agitated,” said Shahab.
In Wednesday’s live update from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Shahab said that after physical distance, wearing a mask is the best way to be safe when going out in public.
He said staying physically distant is the most important and effective way to keep the curve flat, but residents who know they are going to be in contact with others, such as the hairdresser, should wear a mask .
The advice echoes Canada’s best doctor, Dr. Theresa Tam, who said on Wednesday that the wording on the masks has gone from “permissive” to “specific recommendation”.
“If you cannot predict if you can maintain that two-meter distance, then it is recommended that you wear the non-medical mask or face covering,” said Tam.
She stated that public health will post the updated recommendations on medical masks online, and that the recommendation is not mandatory and that public health workers across Canada will be able to take into account the needs of their jurisdiction.
With files by Rachel Gilmore from CTVNews.ca.