Free non-medical masks will soon be back at A&W, McDonald’s Canada, and Tim Hortons locations across Alberta.
Distribution of masks through these restaurant partners will resume on July 13. More details will be included with the official launch announcement.
In June, 20 million masks were distributed through restaurant partners, municipalities, long-term care facilities, First Nations and Metis Settlements, and other organizations. Alberta is the only province in Canada to take this important step to help limit the spread of COVID-19 throughout the province.
“The first phase of free mask distribution in Alberta was a huge success and the response was an incredible show of community support. Thank you to all Albertans who are doing their part to keep each other safe as we move through stage two of relaunch.”Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health
Wearing a non-medical mask when it’s difficult to maintain physical distancing of two metres is one way we can continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 as we relaunch our province. This initiative is a key part of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy to safely reopen our economy while protecting Albertans from COVID-19.
In addition to the masks now being resupplied to restaurant partner locations, government is also providing more masks to:
- Municipalities without easy access to a restaurant partner location
- First Nations and Metis Settlements
- Places of worship
- Transit services provincewide, including in Calgary and Edmonton
- 7-Eleven Canada is providing no-cost shipping of masks from the government’s warehouses to transit system operators across the province
- Seniors organizations and independent living facilities
- Long-term care and supportive living facilities
- Women’s shelters, homeless shelters and street outreach programs
- Addiction treatment centres
- Other organizations that have highlighted a need for masks