Alberta to distribute second series of 20 million masks in fast food restaurants

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Alberta will distribute an additional 20 million non-medical masks, mostly to driving restaurants, starting July 13.

As in the first round distributed in June, Albertans can pick up the masks at McDonald’s, A&W and Tim Hortons.

The province recommends wearing a mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when two meters of physical distance are not possible.

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

Masks will also be distributed to municipalities without easy access to a restaurant, First Nations and Métis settlements, long-term and senior care centers, women’s shelters, homeless shelters and drug treatment centers.

The 7-Eleven convenience store chain will help distribute masks to public transit across Alberta.

Last month, four free masks were picked up at one of the 600 driving services, using the honor system. Shandro said that 95% of the people in the province live within 10 kilometers of one of these restaurants.

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