Although the provincial government is not making masks mandatory, Alberta will make 20 million free masks available province-wide.
They will be available at more than 700 partner restaurants. A&W, McDonald’s Canada, and Tim Hortons partner restaurants are handing out eight masks per person.
Four million masks are being provided to 20 transit systems in Alberta and 7-Eleven Canada has donated logistics support to deliver these masks to each transit service.
Long-term care and supportive living, seniors facilities, community groups, social service organizations, libraries, court houses and places of worship will also be distributing masks.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, is “strongly recommending” that people in the province wear a mask in public spaces.
“Wearing a mask is a common sense precaution,” she said.