Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Home Covid-19 COVID-19: Manitoba to distribute free KN95 masks at liquor stores, casinos

COVID-19: Manitoba to distribute free KN95 masks at liquor stores, casinos

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.

Read more:

Manitoba reports 400 new COVID-19 infections, highest one-day jump since May

He added masks will also be available at liquor marts and liquor vendors across the province after Dec. 25.

Story continues below advertisement

“Wearing a mask has been shown to be very effective in preventing the spread of COVID,” reads Hewler’s tweet.

Read more:

Manitoba to make free COVID-19 rapid tests available at First Nation schools

“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.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

Story continues below advertisement

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, visit our coronavirus page.

Click to play video: 'Manitoba’s Minister of Central Services on rapid tests in the province'

Manitoba’s Minister of Central Services on rapid tests in the province

Manitoba’s Minister of Central Services on rapid tests in the province

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Most Popular

Mary Turner Pattiz, Rock D.J. During FM’s Heyday, Dies at 76

She was known as “the Burner” for her seductive delivery, but off the air she was anything but a wild rock ’n’ roller. She...

Quebec dental hygienists give back to community with free dental care

Diane Marcin couldn’t believe it when she saw a flyer advertising a free dental cleaning Saturday – she said she had to check it...

Burglar takes the cake: Vancouver thief snatches goodies, and cleans store

A Vancouver cafe burglary was caught on video early Friday but it was not a typical break-in. The only thing stolen from the store? A...

Vancouver fundraisers held to support theatre and security for youth drag camps

The Carousel Theatre for Young People on Vancouver’s Granville Island is holding two fundraising events on Saturday. The two events will feature performances by the...