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City looks to Province for answers about mandatory masks on Winnipeg Transit

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman speaks to media during the Liberal Cabinet Retreat at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Sudoma.
Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman speaks to media during the Liberal Cabinet Retreat at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Sudoma.

Winnipeg’s mayor says the topic of masks on Winnipeg Transit is becoming more pressing and Friday, stated he’s asking the province for guidance.

Mayor Brian Bowman said the federal government has talked about whether people should be wearing masks during the novel coronavirus pandemic while riding the bus.

“We’re doing everything we can to follow recommendations [from health officials] … We’ve asked the province for recommendations for masks for riders on transit,” said Bowman.

“We’ve asked for clarity, what those recommendations are.”

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Emergency Operations Manager Jason Shaw said 19 splash pads opened this past week and three libraries are opening on Monday.

As for the rest of the city’s services, like pools, Shaw said those discussions are ongoing.

“We’re going to do things safely and slowly,” said Shaw. “There are significant challenges trying to adapt a new normal.”

The pools themselves aren’t the problem, but more the programming and cleaning around the pools, said Shaw.

“We want to do things safely.”

No new novel coronavirus cases were announced on Thursday, and Manitoba’s numbers remain at 298 total. There are fewer than 10 active cases.

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