The Province of Alberta has partnered with fast food companies throughout the province to provide Albertans with 20 million free non-medical masks.
The provincial government is planning to distribute 20 million of these free masks to residents as a way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and their using the drive-thrus at A&W, Tim Hortons, and McDonald’s to do it.
Distribution is expected to start in early June, and Albertans can receive the masks while supplies last with no purchase necessary.
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“I want to thank A&W, McDonald’s Canada, Tim Hortons, and all of the other organizations and municipalities that have come together to help us distribute millions of masks,” said Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro in the release.
“The collective response from leaders in government, public, and private sectors has been overwhelming and I am incredibly grateful to everyone involved.”
The provincial government will also be working with First Nations communities, Metis Settlements, and municipalities to distribute the free masks to those who might not be able to go through a drive-thru, such as those who rely on public transit for transportation.
According to the release, around 95% of Albertans live within 10 km of one of the 600 participating fast food locations.
While the use of non-medical masks is not mandatory, it has been proven to help prevent spreading the mask-wearers potential illness to others, and is an option for situations when maintaining two metres of separation is not possible.