Face masks being distributed to community groups

News 100 blueBy Staff

May 6th, 2020



Some State Governors in the United States are thinking of making the wearing of face masks mandatory. Ontario hasn’t taken to that idea yet.

A major Burlington supermarket announced that it requires patrons to wear a face mask when they are in the store.

Galbraith couple

Ward 1 Councillor Kelven Galbraith and his wife Angie Blignaut

Shawna and daughter

Ward 4 Councillor Shawna Stolte and her daughter Danielle

One of the problems is that face masks are in short supply.

The Gazette undertook to provide the material and the ties for face masks that are being sewn together by volunteers from across the city – there are ten sewers in place now and they have one person cutting cloth from bolts and running the cloth ties through a surging machine.

A couple of members of council are wearing masks and distributing them to people in their wards.  Those masks are fashion statements.

The Food Bank plans to include a mask with every food hamper they deliver.  Arrangements are being worked on to collaborate with other community organizations.

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4 comments to Face masks being distributed to community groups

  • Penny Hersh

    Anne/Dave, It could definitely be a problem. However, I think that people will need to make their own decision as to when to eat in restaurants.

    My concern is that things are going to open too early and Burlington like other cities will be dealing with a spike in Covid 19 cases.

    Today in a grocery store a cashier told me “she is not afraid of Covid 19. That she was certain that everyone in her family probably had it and she was going to simply live her life as she wanted”.

    My response was that she didn’t need to be afraid of Covid 19, but she certainly should respect just what this disease is capable of doing.

    Personally, I find this to be disconcerting.

  • Way to go Councillors Galbraith, Stolte, Gazette and foodbanks. You will never know how many lives you have saved or the difference you have made in flattening the curve, but that does not matter, you know you have made a very positive difference in our city and possibly elsewhere.. We have tried to access the Stitch It masks referred to by the Mayor without any luck so we ordered a box of regular ones and a very nice fashion statement one for Anne. . Waiting for delivery.

  • Penny Hersh

    Leading by example. If everyone wears a mask we protect each other.

    Until a vaccine is found I think this will be our new norm, especially when business starts up again in Burlington.

    Thank you Councillor Galbraith and Councillor Stolte.