On August 3, the Alberta Government announced they would no longer be providing free face masks due to the completion of their program. Since the government has no plans to hand out more free face masks in the future and with the Blood Reserve only having a limited supply available for members to access, long term solutions should start to be considered by Tribal members.
While it’s encouraged throughout the province and on the Blood Reserve for people to wear face masks when out in public, numerous communities, including some buildings on the reserve, have made it mandatory to wear protective face coverings.
Because of this, members will soon need to figure out what they’re going to do to protect themselves and their loved ones with face coverings, once the reserve runs out free face masks, by either purchasing them from a store or making their own.
For any member interested in the cost-efficient method of making a homemade face mask, but need a resource on how to do so, Health Canada has provided some instructions on the Government of Canada website.
Please remember, if you decide to wear a reusable cloth face mask to follow all the safety steps involved with taking care of the protective covering, to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
To learn more about why it’s vital to wear face masks and how it helps to keep everyone safe from COVID-19, Dr. Mark Joffe – Vice President & Medical Director of Cancer Control Alberta, has made this video to explain.
Blood Tribe Communications & Community Engagement