Alberta’s free mask giveaway program has ended, just after mandatory face covering rules came into effect in communities such as Calgary and Edmonton.
The province distributed 40 million non-medical masks to Albertans — close to two-thirds of them at A&W, McDonald’s and Tim Hortons restaurants — over two phases throughout June and July.
Some of those masks were also given away through transit agencies, First Nations communities and Métis Settlements, as well as places of worship.
The UCP government has no further plans to distribute free masks.
“The program was intended to offer free non-medical masks to Albertans to supplement an individual’s own efforts to acquire their own supply of non-medical masks,” the province said in a news release.
“Albertans who wish to use masks in situations where physical distancing is not possible are encouraged to support their local pharmacies, grocery stores and hardware store when buying masks.”