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Start bringing your own face mask for flights, NWT says


Starting Monday, June 8, NWT residents travelling on flights will need to bring their own non-medical mask to wear, as required by Transport Canada regulations.

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) said its Department of Health and Social Services had been providing airlines with a supply of masks for passengers since the regulations first came into effect, on April 20.

However, the territorial government says that supply will soon run out.

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Instead, NWT residents boarding flights in the territory will need to have a mask of their own from Monday.

“Passengers will not be allowed to board their flight without demonstrating that their non-medical face mask will adequately cover their mouths and noses for the duration of their flight with durable material like cotton,” the NWT government stated in a news release on Wednesday.

The territorial government recommends people wear masks in public spaces where it is difficult to remain two metres apart from others.

“While a non-medical face mask does not protect the wearer in the same way a medical mask would, it does prevent your respiratory droplets from contaminating other people or landing on surfaces,” the territory stated.

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