As the province began distributing more non-medical face masks to Albertans on Monday, Premier Jason Kenney reiterated his government won’t make it mandatory to wear them in public spaces.
Still, both Kenney and chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw urged Albertans to don face coverings as much as possible in public, especially indoors, as new cases of COVID-19 continue to rise.
“Wearing a non-medical mask when it’s difficult to maintain physical distancing is one way that we can all continue to limit the spread of COVID-19,” the premier said during a news conference.
“To quote Dr. Hinshaw, we can’t enforce our way out of the pandemic and the vast majority of Albertans I don’t think need to be told to do the right thing. But we all know by now that it’s our civic duty to reduce our risk of exposure and transmission as much as possible and that means wearing a mask in crowded indoor public space, where physical distancing is not possible.”