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RCMP LOOKING FOR SAFE MASKS FOR BEARDED SIKHS

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The RCMP says there is no safe and proven face covering for officers with beards, but it is working to find one for Sikh members temporaril­y sidelined from front- line policing. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has publicly expressed disappoint­ment that Sikh RCMP officers find themselves on desk duty during the pandemic because their religiousl­y mandated facial hair makes it difficult to properly wear a mask. In a statement today, the RCMP says while a respirator, such as an N95 mask, is not mandatory in all front-line situations, it is sometimes required to reduce risk. The national police force says it is in a unique position compared to other police services because it is subject to the Canada Labour Code and Canada Occupation­al Health and Safety Regulation­s.

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