Coronavirus: August 1 marks first day of mandatory masks in Calgary – Calgary


Calgary’s mandatory mask regulation came into effect on Saturday, meaning you must wear a face mask in indoor public spaces and on public vehicles around the city.The regulation excludes places where there is a registration or membership requirement, such as schools and educational institutions, depending on the city.

“The rule of thumb is that if the public does not have access to it, they will be exempt under the regulations,” he says.

Exemptions are in place for children under the age of two, people with underlying health conditions, and people unable to put on or take off a mask without assistance.

The city said it will hand out 500,000 free disposable masks across the province starting Saturday.

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Dr. Craig Jenne, an infectious disease expert at the University of Calgary, said if there is mask compliance, the number of COVID-19 cases will decrease.

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“It’s clear and simple, in large part because if the masks are 100% protective, which is unlikely, they will help reduce the spread of the virus, but we cannot rely on them as the only defense,” he said. he said on Friday.

“But I think wearing a mask is a good reminder of what is out there.”

Jenne said that wearing a mask changes our behavior.

“We have seen jurisdictions – whether in Europe, whether in Asia, whether even in American cities – two to three weeks after the masks came into play, the number of viruses fell,” he said. he declared.

“So there is measurable protection for the community when a sufficient number of people wear masks.”

He said he could see the anti-mask argument if the city asked them to drop their spleen.

“I’m not allowed to go topless in the Keg, so I’m not sure why a mask is different from a dress code,” he said.

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Linda Gregoire, a Sunridge Mall buyer, said she brought her granddaughter because she felt safe with the masks.

“We all have to do our part. So if everyone does their part, we’ll keep the numbers low and we can get back to normal, ”she said.

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