Businesses ready as masks become mandatory in Calgary, Edmonton

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The increase in the number of cases province-wide has also led the town of Banff to require the use of masks indoors and outdoors on two blocks of Banff Avenue. Other municipalities, including Cochrane and Okotoks, have chosen not to impose masks at this time, but have said they will do so if the number of local cases increases.

The City of Calgary, as part of a facial blanket allocation provided by the Government of Alberta, will provide free disposable headgear at a number of locations in Calgary; the next 500,000 will be available from August 1.

“We have several places in Calgary where you can choose free face masks,” Susan Henry, deputy head of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency, said in a press release. “We recognize that cost and availability can be a barrier for some, which can help ease the burden for those who don’t already have their own face mask.”

Anna Ng – spokesperson for Cadillac Fairview, which owns CF Market Mall and CF Chinook Center – said the company supports the mask regulation and that mall security and customer services will monitor buyers’ compliance. Both malls aim to offer an offer of free masks to shoppers who forget.

A man walks past Sol Optix on 17th Avenue SW where a mask is put on a board behind the window. Azin Ghaffari / Postmedia

“Our aim will be to distribute masks for those who show up without one, but this will be based on our ability to keep up with supply and demand,” Ng said in an email.

At Southcentre Mall, starting August 1, customers will be asked to acquire a mask upon arrival if they do not bring their own, said spokeswoman Erica Morgan.

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