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Mask use Mandated at Manitoba Hospitals and Health Centres

Visitors to all health-care facilities will soon be required to wear non-medical masks as part of the province’s continuing efforts to implement targeted measures to protect Manitobans and limit the spread of COVID-19, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen announced today.

“Our government is committed to taking all appropriate steps to protect the health of Manitobans as we continue to learn to live with this virus,” said Friesen. “As we move towards the fall, additional proactive and preventative measures are needed to ensure the risk of exposure to this virus is minimized for patients and our dedicated front-line clinical staff who care for them.”

All visitors arriving at health-care facilities will be required to wear a non-medical mask to be permitted into the site. The requirement, which takes effect province-wide on Sept. 1, also extends to outpatients attending appointments at clinics within hospitals and health centres throughout the province. While primary care clinics and other locations providing health services are not currently included in the mask requirement, all Manitobans are strongly encouraged to wear a non-medical mask when seeking care, said Friesen.

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