Kenora Mayor Dan Reynard says he fully-supports the new mandatory mask policy across the region, as residents and health experts continue to fight back against COVID-19.

“This has been going on since COVID-19 hammered us in the middle of March. The City’s position has always been to defer the decision to the experts in the field of health. We totally support this move from the Northwestern Health Unit.”

Effective today, all community members across northwestern Ontario will be required to wear a mask or face covering in any enclosed public space. The move was announced by the Northwestern Health Unit late last month.

“It’s a good thing. The more precautions we take, the better off we are and the better off the community is. The city has been preparing and have been reopening facilities. We’ve been working hard to meet the health unit’s mandate,” added Reynard.

Public Health Physician Dr. John Guilfoyle with the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority provided tips on how to put on and remove your mask safely.

“Wash your hands before you put them on. When you put them on, put them over your ears, keep them over your nose and mouth, and don’t touch your mask.”

“If it gets wet, and it will eventually as we breathe through it, take it off by going behind your ear lobes, not touching the wet part, wash it in soap and water if its reusable, and air-dry it in the sun for 24 hours. Your mask will be fine.”

“If it’s a disposable mask, you need to dispose of the mask properly. You do not throw it aside or on the ground. Put it in a plastic garbage container so it doesn’t have the chance of infecting any other surfaces.”

“And when you take your mask off, whether it’s reusable or disposable, you wash your hands again, because you could have inadvertently gotten some of your respiratory secretions on to your hands.”

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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