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Manitoba Trucking Association calls on businesses to open washrooms for truckers amid coronavirus

The Manitoba Trucking Association is asking businesses open during the COVID-19 pandemic to open washrooms and other facilities to truckers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/J.P. Moczulski

The Manitoba Trucking Association is asking businesses that if they’re open during the COVID-19 pandemic, keep the washrooms and other facilities accessible for truckers.

Executive director Terry Shaw says all reports say the most important way to prevent spreading germs and getting sick is to wash your hands with soap and water.

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Shaw says for drivers to be denied that, especially when so much pressure is being placed on them to keep Manitoba’s essential commodities moving, is grossly unfair.

The association says there are reports of some businesses, including shippers and receivers, denying drivers access to washroom facilities.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

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Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.

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Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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