Manitoba

KN95 masks available at Winnipeg liquor stores, casinos starting Thursday

Manitobans will soon be able to pick up a high-quality respirator mask along with their beer, wine and spirits.

Liquor stores across Manitoba will have masks available after Christmas

KN95 masks are more effective than cloth masks and procedural masks at keeping out harmful particles, the Manitoba government says. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

Manitobans will soon be able to pick up a high-quality respirator mask along with their beer, wine and spirits.

The provincial government said Wednesday it is partnering with Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries to make KN95 masks available for free at Liquor Marts and casinos in the coming days.

KN95 masks have multiple layers of material and use a mechanical respirator filter to block harmful particles that could carry the virus that causes COVID-19.

"Wearing a mask has been shown to be very effective in preventing the spread of COVID," a provincial government spokesperson said in an email statement.

"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."

The kits will be available at Winnipeg liquor stores and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries-operated casinos starting Thursday, and at liquor stores across Manitoba after Christmas. 

Further distribution methods will be announced soon, the provincial spokesperson said.

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