Free Masks Available at Drive-thru Locations

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing a homemade or non-medical mask is a way to protect yourself and help prevent the spread of the virus. Wearing a mask is not mandatory but you are encouraged to do so when it’s difficult to maintain the 2-metre physical distance from others around you in public.

Starting early June, you can pick up a package of 4 masks per person at no cost through A&W, McDonald’s and Tim Hortons drive-thru locations.

– No purchase is necessary, which means that you do not have to buy anything from these restaurants to pick up the free masks.

– The free masks are only available at drive-thru locations while supplies last. The plan is to give out 20 million masks. Once they run out, there won’t be any available.

– To learn more about why and how to properly use and care for masks, please read the instructions for proper care and use of non-medical masks.

This mask distribution program is a partnership between the Alberta government and these three fast-food restaurant chains and is part of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy to safely reopen our economy.

* Fun fact: do you know that there are ways to prevent your glasses from fogging up when you wear a mask?

Word of the Day:

Mandatory: when we say something is mandatory, it means that it’s required by a law or rule. Right now, there is no law or rule requiring people to wear a mask in public in Alberta.

– The opposite of “mandatory” is “optional”, meaning that you have the option to do or not to do something.