Medical Exception Letter Required for Those Unable to Wear A Mask

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Effective May 13, 2021, to verify that someone has a medical condition that makes them unable to wear a mask, they will require a medical exception letter from a health professional. This approach is being used in Saskatchewan, Quebec & Manitoba. This change meant to ensure anyone capable of wearing a mask complies with this important public health measure intended …

I’m vaccinated. Do I Still Need to Wear a Mask?

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As more and more people are vaccinated against COVID-19 in Alberta, one of the questions that people are asking these days is: Do I still need to wear a mask if I’m already vaccinated? The answer is YES. The vaccines do not provide 100% protection for yourself. According to Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine program, Moderna and Pfizer are 80-90% effective in …

Health Canada Recalls Masks Containing Graphene

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Health Canada is advising Canadians NOT to wear face masks that contain graphene because there is a potential that they could inhale graphene particles, which may pose health risks. What is graphene? Graphene combines the meaning of graphite and the suffix -ene. Graphene is one of the many physical forms of the chemical element carbon. What to do now Check …

City of Calgary Face Coverings Bylaw remains in effect until December 2021

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The Calgary City Council has extended the Temporary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw (26M2020) until December 2021 and also increased the penalties/fines for those who don’t comply. The City of Calgary has announced the Temporary COVID-19 Face Coverings Bylaw (26M2020) that requires face coverings in all public indoor spaces and public vehicles. This bylaw has now been extended until next year …

Government of Canada recommends use of 3-layer mask

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In order to prevent COVID-19 spread, the Government of Canada is now recommending the use of 3 layer masks. Many disposable masks already have 3 layers, generally with a polypropylene filter. This new recommendation mainly applies to homemade masks! Homemade masks should: be made of at least 3 layers include 2 layers of a tightly woven fabric, such as cotton or linen …

Calgary Extends Mandatory Mask Bylaw

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The City of Calgary has announced on September 15 that the mandatory mask rules for all indoor public spaces will remain in effect for at least the majority of the fall unless there is significant progress in the ongoing global effort to curb COVID-19.  On Monday evening, the City Council voted 11-3 in favour of extending the temporary face coverings …

Vending Machines Selling Masks and Hand Sanitizer

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Have you ever left home, walked all the way to a CTrain or bus station then realized you left your face mask or hand sanitizer at home? Here’s some good news — Personal protective equipment (PPE) will become more available in vending machines in public spaces across Canada! Klear Vending, a company based in Toronto has already set up four …

What Masks to Wear When Flying During COVID-19

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What kind of mask should you wear while flying during COVID-19? The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following: People 60 years or over or those who have serious chronic illnesses or underlying health conditions should wear a medical mask when traveling. Medical masks provide greater protection from others who may have the virus. People who are healthy and have …