Masks face some resistance in Edmonton on the first day of settlement

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Osinchuck said there had been no problem with customers protesting, even though a man walked by and shouted into the store, “six feet is enough. ”

Stuart Scott, who was shopping on Saturday, said it was his first time wearing a mask indoors.

“I don’t mind when I’m inside with people. When I walk alone in the street, I take it off. I find it a bit restrictive, but it’s like that now, ”he said. “I don’t think there is any doubt that this is the right thing to do. I’d rather trust my doctor than someone next door who has an opinion.

The employees of Starbucks in downtown Edmonton had a different experience.

Supervisor Hunter Lilloco said she was happy that many clients are already coming to wear a mask. But when she had to ask customers if they wouldn’t mind wearing one, there was resistance, she said.

“My first real client of the day asked me if this was a law, and if it was, that I should just call the cops about it, and it was a screaming match,” he said. she declared. “It’s just those who (don’t wear masks) that we have to ask, who have met quite a bit of resistance and who are almost seen as an attack instead of a security measure.”

On the first day of Edmonton’s Mandatory Inner Mask Regulation, approximately 50 anti-mask protesters marched from the Alberta Legislature to City Hall on August 1, 2020. David Bloom David Bloom/David Bloom / Postmedia

Meanwhile, a small group of about 50 people protested in downtown Edmonton on Saturday afternoon with the new city council rules, claiming they violated their personal freedoms. Protesters criticized the Prime Minister, public health officials leading the COVID-19 response, science, media, the rule of law in Canada and touted unproven conspiracy theories.

Most of the others who came to walk in downtown Edmonton on Saturday afternoon were wearing masks.

Canada’s top doctors – including Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, and Canada’s Director of Public Health, Dr. Theresa Tam – have recommended wearing masks. Masks, along with physical distance, can reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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