Day 1 of mandatory masks again in B.C.’s indoor public places

Wednesday marks the first day all British Columbians once again have to mask up to enter indoor public places, as the province struggles to contain its fourth wave of COVID-19. … Read More

Return of mask mandates the right move amid COVID-19 4th wave: experts

Experts are in agreement that bringing back mask mandates is the right move amid rising COVID-19 cases and a return to school this fall. B.C. and Manitoba announced Tuesday that … Read More

Experts urge caution as Canada’s COVID-19 waste washes up on coastlines

Each year, nearly eight million tonnes of plastic pollution enters the oceans from all over the world, but for the first time in 27 years, Canadians are witnessing an unusual clutter … Read More

Ottawa investing as much as $29M in company to make PPE mask material in Montreal

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted June 17, 2021 2:39 pm     Updated June 17, 2021 2:41 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article … Read More

ANALYSIS: Nasal lube, DIY COVID-19 tests and the reality of covering summits in a pandemic

“Ralph Goodale will scrum with reporters at the media centre this afternoon.” Scrum. I couldn’t believe my ears. For 15 months, political reporters across Canada have had little to no … Read More

Hundreds defy 8 p.m. curfew in violent, destructive protest of COVID-19 measure in Montreal

Montreal police arrested seven people and doled out more than 100 tickets to people flouting COVID-19 public health guidelines after a protest against an earlier curfew devolved into vandalism and violence. … Read More

Health Canada issues advisory over masks containing graphene, urges recall

Health Canada issued an advisory and asked distributors to recall face masks that contain graphene or biographene, citing potential inhalation risks. In an advisory released Friday, the agency said there is … Read More

Is it safe to wear face masks while exercising? Experts weigh in

As coronavirus cases stabilize across the country, some provinces are easing COVID-19 restrictions this week, allowing Canadians greater freedom to exercise. In Quebec, starting Monday, residents in five regions will … Read More

Biden to immediately ask Americans for 100 days of wearing masks after swearing-in

Joe Biden said Thursday that he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks as one of his first acts as president, stopping just short of the … Read More

WHO recommends wearing masks indoors if ventilation is poor

By Stephanie Nebehay Reuters Posted December 2, 2020 7:56 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ People living in areas with where … Read More

Saskatchewan brings in province-wide mask mandate, limits gatherings to 5

With coronavirus cases continuing to surge, Saskatchewan is expanding its mask mandate to cover the entire province and further restricting social gatherings, setting a new lower cap of five people. … Read More

RCMP eases coronavirus mask policy for members with beards

OTTAWA — The RCMP has eased restrictions that sidelined bearded officers, including some Sikh and Muslim members, from front-line policing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Difficulties with properly fitting a mask … Read More

Metro Winnipeg area moving to level Orange restrictions Monday; masks to be mandatory

Manitoba’s Chief Public Health Officer says Winnipeg, along with municipalities around the city, will move to a level Orange restriction on Monday, meaning masks will be mandatory in all public … Read More

Police in Quebec can issue fines to those refusing to wear masks when obligatory

Quebecers faced the prospect of hefty fines starting Saturday if they don’t wear a mask in places the province has deemed it mandatory due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Police can … Read More

Coronavirus: Face coverings to be mandatory at all Starbucks Canada locations

Starting Sept. 14, anyone visiting a Starbucks store across Canada will be required to wear a face covering. The company announced the move Monday, saying they are continuing to help … Read More

B.C. school staff, middle and secondary students will be required to wear masks in high-traffic areas

The B.C. government announced Monday that school staff, middle school students and secondary students will be required to wear masks in high-traffic areas in September. This includes buses and common … Read More

Canadian businesses are worried about getting PPE — so where can they get it?

Most Canadian businesses say they require personal protective equipment (PPE) to open up during the coronavirus pandemic — and some are anxious about obtaining enough supply, according to Statistics Canada. … Read More

Are ‘neck gaiters’ worse than no mask? It’s too early to tell which covering is best

“Neck gaiters” and other tube-shaped scarves don’t necessarily spread more coronavirus than no mask at all, experts say, despite some recent headlines to the contrary. A new study on masks … Read More

Temperature checks and ‘deep cleaning’ aren’t good at stopping coronavirus. So why do we bother?

If you’re heading to a gym lately, you might be asked to wash your hands, have an infrared gun pointed at your head and wait for an army of workers … Read More

Nova Scotia reports two new cases of coronavirus Friday, ending caseless streak

The streak of days with no new novel coronavirus cases in Nova Scotia has come to an end. On Friday, the province announced two new cases of the virus, both … Read More

COVID-19: Doctors say wearing masks in crowded outdoor spaces helps prevent spread of coronavirus

With masks becoming mandatory at many indoors spots in Calgary on Aug 1, some doctors are now saying people should also be wearing them more often outdoors amid the ongoing … Read More

Mask debate reaches peak in U.S. Congress after member tests positive for coronavirus

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Capitol officials issued broad new mask requirements Wednesday after a Republican member of Congress tested positive for the coronavirus. The member, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, often … Read More

3 of 4 Americans want masks to be mandatory amid coronavirus pandemic: poll

Three out of four Americans, including a majority of Republicans, favor requiring people to wear face coverings while outside their homes, a new poll finds, reflecting fresh alarm over spiking … Read More

Spreading coronavirus a ‘serious crime’ in Philippines, Duterte says as cases spike

The Philippines said on Tuesday it would ramp up testing for the novel coronavirus amid a sharp rise in infections and deaths since a lockdown was eased in June, while … Read More

Health experts encourage creativity, social support as bars reopen across Canada

After photos of crowded night clubs caught the attention of public health officials, the noisy downtown bar district in St. John’s, N.L. was a more controlled scene than usual last … Read More

Face coverings mandated in enclosed indoor public spaces as of Saturday: Dr. Chris Mackie

While he maintains the local risk of infection is low, the medical officer of health for the Middlesex-London Health Unit says as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, face coverings will be … Read More

Coronavirus: Georgia governor voids mandatory mask orders for 15 cities, counties

Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp is explicitly banning Georgia’s cities and counties from ordering people to wear masks in public places. He voided orders on Wednesday that at least 15 local … Read More

2 hairstylists with COVID-19 saw 139 clients. Here’s why no one caught the virus

Two hairstylists in Missouri worked for days with symptoms of COVID-19, seeing a total of 139 clients — none of whom seems to have caught the virus. This is because … Read More

Bill Nye the Science Guy returns for ‘wear a mask!’ PSA on coronavirus

Consider the following: Bill Nye is so fed up with people rejecting face masks that he came out of retirement for a new “Science Guy” video about the benefits of … Read More

Why some people still refuse to wear masks

Public health and government officials say that mask-wearing is an important part of helping to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus — but not everyone is listening. Across the … Read More

Should masks be mandatory? It depends

Mayors across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) are urging the province to make masks or face coverings mandatory in public spaces as businesses reopen amid the novel coronavirus … Read More

Legault to give COVID-19 update after top doctor suggests masks may be mandatory on public transit

Quebec Premier François Legault is expected to provide an update on novel coronavirus measures after the province’s director of public health hinted masks may soon be mandatory on public transit. … Read More

Quebec to make masks mandatory on public transit as of July 13

Quebec is making masks mandatory on public transit as of July 13 across the province to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Premier François Legault unveiled the measure on … Read More

Masks soon mandatory on public transit, Quebec public health director suggests

At this point in the coronavirus pandemic, the “worst danger” that awaits Quebec is forgetfulness, said national director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, hinting that masks will soon be … Read More

Masks to be mandatory in commercial settings in Windsor-Essex, health unit says

Starting next week, masks and face coverings will be mandatory inside commercial settings in Windsor and Essex County, the region’s associate medical officer of health announced Friday. The change is … Read More

WHO recommends wearing masks in public, in updated guidelines

By Kate Kelland Reuters Posted June 5, 2020 11:37 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The World Health Organization (WHO) updated … Read More

Nova Scotia’s bars, restaurants and barber shops to reopen after coronavirus shutdown

It will be a “new normal” at bars and restaurants across Nova Scotia as they reopen after being closed for nearly three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the … Read More

Physical distancing, mask use cuts relative coronavirus risk by at least 80%, study finds

Wearing a face mask and keeping your distance from others can help to cut your relative risk of catching the novel coronavirus by 80 per cent or more, according to … Read More

Summer heat, humidity will be a problem when wearing COVID-19 masks outdoors: experts

Soaring temperatures and thick humid air can cause breathing difficulties for a number of people as summer approaches each year. Add a cloth face mask to the equation and those … Read More

Coronavirus: Customers without masks can be refused service, experts agree

If you were hoping to get out of putting on a face mask to visit stores and other businesses demanding customers wear one, think again. Experts agree with remarks Ontario … Read More

British Columbia’s top doctor recommends non-medical masks in some scenarios

B.C.’s provincial health officer has joined her federal counterparts in officially recommending the use of non-medical masks in certain situations. “It is something that we should get used to,” said … Read More

PPE: You might be doing it wrong. Here are some tips.

More people are out and about as various provinces, parks and properties start to reopen, making proper PPE use all the more important. Wearing personal protective equipment isn’t mandatory for … Read More

Coronavirus: 500,000 surgical masks donated to Canada from Taiwan

A donation of 500,000 surgical masks needed by health-care workers on the front lines of the novel coronavirus pandemic has been officially handed over to Canada from Taiwan. Conservative Leader … Read More

Canada to ensure coronavirus masks from China are safe amid reports of defects: Trudeau

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted March 29, 2020 3:37 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin … Read More

Toronto hospital holds mask drive as groups sound alarm over impending shortage

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted March 23, 2020 6:16 am Updated March 23, 2020 6:21 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size … Read More