Winnipeg city council holding emergency meeting over mask funds

By | August 31, 2020

WINNIPEG — Winnipeg city council is set to hold an emergency meeting on Monday, Aug. 31, to discuss funds for the purchase of masks.

On Friday, Aug. 28, the City of Winnipeg announced it was making masks mandatory at city-operated facilities and on city vehicles, including Winnipeg Transit and Winnipeg Transit Plus, the following day.

In a report, the public service recommends the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service over-expend its 2020 operating budget for the purchase of non-medical masks and a public awareness campaign. The report suggests up to $75,000 for city employees and the costs of the campaign, and up to $250,000 for users of Winnipeg Transit, Winnipeg Transit Plus and city facilities.

City council will consider this report at Monday’s meeting.

The city said it expects to provide masks to the public for about two weeks, or until supplies run out, so residents can get familiar with its new rules.

Currently, there’s a limited amount of face masks at city facilities, as well as at transit kiosks and libraries for those using transit. Upon council’s approval, more masks will become available.

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