Winnipeg Mayor urges Manitoba government to make masks mandatory

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The rise of COVID-19 cases in Winnipeg has led the city’s mayor to ask the provincial government to make masks mandatory across Manitoba.Mayor Brian Bowman has consistently referred to the advice of provincial public health officials, but on Tuesday he stepped in and said he wanted the province to mandate the use of masks as Winnipeg’s total cases was increasing.

“Hopefully the province is looking at a province-wide mandatory mask requirement,” Bowman said. Radio d’information host Marcy Markusa. “I think the numbers are really concerning right now. ”

Three-quarters of Manitoba’s nearly 400 active cases are in Winnipeg, and two more deaths announced Monday bring the provincial total to 18.

On August 29, the City of Winnipeg made the use of masks mandatory in public municipal buildings and on Winnipeg Transit buses.

In the past, when asked about the requirement to use a mask across town or province, Bowman has deferred to Health Minister Cameron Friesen, Premier Brian Pallister, and health officials such as Provincial Public Health Administrator Dr. Brent Roussin.

Bowman said he had “no doubt” that those officials were considering a mandatory mask at this time.

NDP leader Wab Kinew also reiterated his calls to deploy a mask warrant on Monday.

Bowman said seeing public figures such as Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler call the premier over the weekend to make masks mandatory shows people are embracing the idea.

“I see a number of people weighing on our Winnipeg Jets captain this weekend for which I have had a lot of time, and I agree that is something I hope the province is looking at. “

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