WINNIPEG — The province will soon begin distributing stronger-material face masks to Manitobans amid rising cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
Central Services Minister Reg Helwer announced Wednesday the KN95 masks will be distributed free of charge in the coming days at Liquor Marts and casinos.
“Wearing a mask has been shown to be very effective in preventing the spread of COVID,” Helwer said in a series of tweets. “KN95 masks have been shown to be more effective than cloth or procedure masks, as they fit better and provide a higher level of filtration.”
Helwer said the province is partnering with Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries to distribute the masks at Club Regent Casino and McPhillips Station Casino beginning Thursday.
Manitobans can receive a box of masks at either casino or at Liquor Marts and liquor vendors across the province after Christmas.
Further distribution methods will be announced soon, Helwer added.
As the province continues to support Manitobans protecting themselves from the increased spread of the omicron variant, the province is partnering with MBLL to make KN95 masks available at liquor marts and casinos in the coming days.
— Reg Helwer (@reghelwer) December 22, 2021