Mandatory mask use coming August 17 for NWHU service area
Tim Brody - Editor
The use of masks or face coverings will become mandatory in enclosed public spaces beginning on August 17.
The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) will require every business and organization with an enclosed space accessible to the public to have a mandatory mask use policy.
“By wearing masks when in indoor public spaces, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and increase the likelihood of local businesses being able to stay open by keeping our case numbers low,” explained Dr. Kit Young-Hoon, NWHU Medical Officer of Health.
NWHU stated in a media release, “As communities reopen, there is an increased risk of transmission of COVID-19 due to opportunities for close contact with others.”
The health explained it hopes this action will normalize mask use in advance of a potential second wave of the virus.
“The use of face coverings must be paired with the other personal protective measures including physical distancing, hand washing, avoiding touching your face, and staying home if you are sick,” NWHU added.
The health unit shared that resources and information to help implement the new mandatory masking order, “will be provided to the public and all businesses, organizations and workplaces, and will be found on our website in the upcoming weeks.”