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Chief Public Health Officer Advises Canadians Wear Masks in Public

Though not all agree on the matter of face masks, Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam says Canadians should be wearing masks in public when social distancing is not possible. Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, also voiced that he chooses to wear a mask in public as that is one of the health recommendations. 

In her daily news conference, Tam informed that “For the spring and summer months, strict adherence to the public health basics of physical distancing, handwashing and cough etiquette must continue as the bare minimum,” she said.

She continued: “In addition, where COVID-19 activity is occurring, use of non-medical masks or face coverings is recommended as an added layer of protection when physical distancing is difficult to maintain. And staying home when sick is a must, always and everywhere.”

Due to the reopening of several businesses and people ultimately interacting, Tam said that this precaution was necessary. When asked why this had not been recommended before, Tam informed that public health advice was developing as the time went on. 

“We need to flexibly change our measures as we get more information,” she said.

The Chief Public Health Officer continued saying that guidance was being established in order to contain the virus throughout the summer and hopefully buy time for research and a potential cure. 

Trudeau mentioned he would be wearing masks in public situations where he could potentially be in close proximity to others. 

“That’s my personal choice. I think that’s what is aligned with what public health is recommending,” he said. “I think we all need to adjust to what works in our circumstances and keep safety at the forefront of what we’re doing.”