Mandatory Masks Begin Today in Kindersley
For residents in Kindersley and for many in the surrounding areas, mandatory masks in public spaces begins today. In addition to mandatory masking, a curfew on alcohol sales in licensed establishments begins—all Saskatchewan restaurants and licensed establishments (bars, taverns, nightclubs) will be required to stop serving alcohol by 10 p.m. and consumption must end by 11 p.m. There are no exceptions for private events or outdoor serving spaces.
When making or purchasing a cloth mask/face covering, consider the following recommendations:
- Cloth masks should be tailored to fit the user’s facial features as much as possible, ensuring that the mask can cover the nose, mouth, and chin areas with few gaps. Additional information on materials to use when making a mask is available from the Government of Canada.
- It is not recommended to coat the outside of a mask with substances like wax to create a barrier. This can make it more difficult to breathe and air is more likely to escape out of the sides of the mask.
- Bandanas and gaitor masks are not appropriate face coverings. They are ineffective at blocking respiratory droplets.
It is strongly recommended that you purchase and keep a supply of masks at home for personal use when a two-metre distance cannot be maintained or is unpredictable. Use them in public indoor spaces (retail areas, places of worship, schools, common areas in workplaces) or when you are in situations such as being on a bus. It is also a good idea to carry one or two masks with you in case you need to visit a public indoor place.
People should consider the outside of the mask as contaminated once they put it on. In addition:
- Avoid touching, adjusting or moving the mask around with your hands. It is important that the mask is the right fit and sits comfortably on your face.
- Don’t share masks with others.
- Reusable cloth masks should ideally be laundered and dried on the highest heat settings at the end of the day.
- If your mask becomes wet, soiled or otherwise damaged, use a fresh one.
While masking in public is now mandatory, the following groups who should not wear a cloth or non-medical mask are:
- Children under the age of 2;
- Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance; or
- Persons actively engaged in physical exercise
For further information please visit https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2020/november/13/covid-19-additional-public-health-measures-announced
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