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Manitoba Distributing KN95 Masks at Casinos, Liquor Marts

December 22, 2021 2:45 PM | News

KN95 Face Masks

Manitoba will be distributing KN95 masks, similar to the box shown above, at Liquor Marts and casinos. (CHRISD.CA)

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.