Face masks should be man­dated in Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat News - - COMMENTS -

The po­ten­tial in­flu­ence of lo­cal mask sur­vey re­sults are con­cern­ing.

Many older cit­i­zens, and oth­ers not on­line, were un­able to par­tic­i­pate in the re­cent Cham­ber of

Com­merce sur­vey, where re­sults did not fa­vor man­dat­ing mask wear­ing.

The smaller Medicine Hat News sur­vey re­sults do not agree with the COC re­sults, and in fact are en­tirely op­po­site, with 47 per cent fa­vor­ing the use of masks.

How­ever, th­ese re­sults are also con­cern­ing be­cause only on­line sub­scribers could vote. Advice from the ex­perts must pre­vail here, and our safety pro­to­cols should not be in­flu­enced by such sur­vey re­sults.

Mask wear­ing should be man­dated to pro­tect ev­ery­one dur­ing this pan­demic based on tragic out­comes else­where, where such ob­vi­ous safety pro­to­cols were ig­nored and only ac­cepted and im­posed as a last-minute re­sort!

Fi­nally, I am left won­der­ing just how much in­flu­ence man­dat­ing mask wear­ing in Leth­bridge may have con­trib­uted to their two ac­tive COVID cases, com­pared to our 10, as re­ported in the News Thurs­day.

Gordon Briosi

Medicine Hat

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