Residents across the region will be required to wear masks as of August 17 in any enclosed public space, as announced by the Northwestern Health Unit.

Staff say as the region continues to transition towards reopening the economy, there is an increased risk of transmission of COVID-19, due to opportunities for close contact with others.

“Over the next few weeks we will be working with our partners and local businesses to ensure they receive the support and resources needed to implement this change,” says Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, Medical Officer of Health and NWHU.

Staff add this approach will normalize mask use in advance of a potential second wave of the virus later this year.

“By wearing masks when in indoor public spaces, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and increase the likelihood of local businesses being able to stay open by keeping our case numbers low,” added Dr. Young-Hoon.

Residents are reminded that the use of face coverings must be paired with other personal protective measures, including physical distancing, hand washing, avoiding touching your face and staying home if you’re sick.

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