Canadian News May 20, 2020 5:42 PM EST

Doug Ford encourages Ontarians to wear non-medical masks 'when possible'

"Face coverings are better than no face covering at all, so we recommend it. Non-medical meaning N95 masks, please leave those for health care workers," said Ford.

Doug Ford encourages Ontarians to wear non-medical masks 'when possible'
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford addressed media on Wednesday, providing updates on the COVID-19 situation in Ontario.

Ford became the latest in a string of Canadian politicians to echo the chief medical officer's new instructions that face masks are an effective measure in preventing the spread of the virus.

"We recommend that you wear a non-medical mask or a face covering. As the chief medical officer has said, anything that covers your noes and mouth can protect you and the people around you."

"The chief medical officer has been very clear, and the guidance on social gatherings remains the same. No more than five people from outside your household, we need to keep using common sense," said the premier.

The premier has been seen wearing a mask in public on several occasions.

Whether masks should become mandatory to enter businesses and public transportation, the premier said that it was "highly recommended" to wear masks "when possible," Ford said.

"Face coverings are better than no face covering at all, so we recommend it. Non-medical meaning N95 masks, please leave those for health care workers."

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