Need a mask? Just ask!
Libraries and museums will be the distribution point for reusable masks from the province. This will make the mandatory mask order so much easier for everyone.
From Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil: "Many Nova Scotians will supply their own masks for use in indoor public places to protect one another from COVID-19. For those who can't supply their own masks, we are making a limited number of reusable cloth masks available at provincial museum and public library sites across the province. We want to ensure everyone in Nova Scotia has easy access to a mask when and where they need it."
Each person can request up to two masks for each member of their immediate family. Local small businesses can get a package of 50 masks. Available while supplies last.
With masks now mandatory in indoor public places, we know you have questions! We have put together some links to making and wearing masks. I have made over 100 masks in the past few months, and watched a lot of videos and tried a lot of designs. Here’s our link to mask information.
The pleated masks are fairly easy to make, and will fit similar to the paper masks you see in medical facilities. The Florence mask has a nice fit, and with an added layer of interfacing, might be a good choice for those who need to wear one for a shift at work. The Jesse Mask pattern is my current favourite, because you can measure it and cut the size that fits your face the best (you can add interfacing to these as well). I personally like the ties for extended wear, as the elastic around the ears gets uncomfortable quickly.
If you can sew at all, I encourage you to make several styles, until you find one that feels good for you. And make some for your friends and family. If you want to make masks for others, the Valley Regional Hospital has a project for you!
--Angela Reynolds, Community Engagement Coordinator