CPHO: Mask wearing remains a recommendation across the NWT

Public health will consider mandating it in the fall if cases spike.

NWT Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola. (CKLB file photo.)

The chief public health officer says mandating masks or face coverings in public spaces is a possibility for the fall.

This comes as the city of Yellowknife considers adopting a bylaw to enforce masks or face coverings. Additionally Walmart started enforcing them on Aug. 12.

Dr. Kami Kandola, the chief public health officer, says her department will monitor the situation in the fall as more people move indoors and children return to school.

However Kandola adds, mask wearing remains a recommendation for now.

“We do support the use of non-medical masks, it’s a recommendation at this point, it’s not an order,” she says.

She says if cases begin to increase across the country and in the territory, this may change.

Kandola also spoke about the importance of people receiving a flu shot this fall.

This can help remove any confusion as to whether someone may have the flu or COVID-19.

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