The Manitoba government says KN95 masks are being made be available for free at liquor stores and casinos.
In a post on his personal Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, Central Services Minister Reg Helwer said boxes of masks would be available at any Manitoba Liquor Mart and all Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries-run casinos in Winnipeg as of Thursday.
He added masks will also be available at liquor marts and liquor vendors across the province after Dec. 25.
“Wearing a mask has been shown to be very effective in preventing the spread of COVID,” reads Hewler’s tweet.
“KN95 masks have been shown to be more effective than cloth or procedure masks, as they fit better and provide a higher level of filtration.”
Global News has heard reports from Manitobans who say they were able to pick up a box of 20 masks on Wednesday afternoon.
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