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May long weekend COVID-19 reminders
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May long weekend COVID-19 reminders

Summary: With the upcoming May long weekend and some great weather in the forecast, we wanted to share some important COVID-19 reminders. Also, tips on wearing masks properly. 

May long weekend reminders

  • Please ensure to continue practicing physical distancing and avoid gathering in groups larger than 15 people.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks and utensils.

Alberta Re-launch Strategy Phase 1

Phase 1 of the Alberta Re-launch Strategy begins today. However, in Calgary and Brooks, restaurants, pubs, café’s, hair salons and barbershops will not re-open as initially planned. Their updated scheduled re-opening date is May 25. Some retail stores and malls are opening today. Before you head out to a retail establishment or mall, please check their websites for their hours of operation, stores that are open, guidelines to be followed, etc.


As many public places are recommending wearing a mask, we wanted to provide some mask etiquette as well as the proper way to wear a mask.

Surgical/Disposable masks

Identify the inside of the mask, which is usually the white side. The coloured side of the mask is usually the front and should face away from you.

  • Wash your hands immediately before putting the mask on, before taking it off and immediately after taking it off.
  • The mask should fit well (non-gaping).
  • Do not share the mask with others.
  • Avoid touching your face mask while using it as masks can become contaminated on the outside or when touched by your hands.
  • Continue practicing good hand hygiene.

Cloth masks

Before purchasing a cloth mask, consider the following:

  • Does the mask have multiple layers? Four layers are optimal.
  • Have different fabrics or colours been used for each side of the mask? This will help you to know which side faces your mouth and which side faces out.
  • Choose a fabric or cloth that can withstand frequent cycles through washing and drying machines.
  • Change a cloth mask as soon as it gets damp or soiled:
    • Put it directly into the washing machine or a bag that can be emptied into the washing machine and then disposed of.
    • Cloth masks can be laundered with other items using a hot cycle, and then dried thoroughly.
  • Masks that cannot be washed should be discarded and replaced as soon as they get damp, soiled or crumpled.
  • Dispose of masks properly in a lined garbage bin.
  • Don’t leave discarded masks in shopping carts, on the ground, etc.

More information can be found on the Alberta Health Services website: Help prevent the spread | Alberta.ca

Alberta Health Services (AHS)

Remember, if you have any of the symptoms listed below, stay home and complete the AHS self-assessment tool online COVID Self Assessment which has been updated to include all of these symptoms.

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • A new cough or worsening of a chronic cough
  • New or worsening shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat or painful swallowing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Headache
  • Muscle or joint aches
  • Feeling unwell in general, or new fatigue or severe exhaustion
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste, or
  • Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye

Be well and have a great long weekend!

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