COVID-19 Information about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
About wearing masks
Albertans are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public when it’s difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.
Learn more about wearing non-medical masks at www.alberta.ca/masks.
About selling non-medical masks
The Competition Bureau of Canada says that "if you sell non-medical fabric masks, do not make false or misleading claims about COVID19 prevention. These claims would be considered illegal under the Competition Act and the Textile Labelling Act. See more here: https://bit.ly/CB_COVID
Cloth masks for sale also require a label that indicates fibre composition and dealer identity. Everyone selling these masks, whether artisans or businesses, must comply. See more here: http://bit.ly/TextileGuide
Consult Health Canada for info on the recommended use and limitations of non-medical masks: https://bit.ly/2xWlcSE
Where can I find personal protective equipment
Any local businesses who can provide masks or other personal protective equipment to the public are welcome to email email@example.com to be added to this list. The City of Chestermere does not necessarily endorse any of these companies.
- Dawn’s Alterations (cloth masks)
- Apple Cleaning Supply (cleaning and janitorial services)
- Chanz Sanitizing (sanitizing service)
- EFS Cleaning (commercial cleaning)
- Empire PPE (masks & safety supplies)
- F&G Specialty Chemicals Ltd. (gloves, eye protection, cleaning supplies)
- Fuse 33 (face masks, face shields, hand sanitizer)
- House of Nonie (cloth masks)
- Hippo Hug (cloth masks)
- Level 2 Sportswear (cloth masks)
- Mask Makers YYC – Calgary (group to organizer sewers and mask makers)
- Normandeau Window Coverings (cloth masks)
- OKE Apparel (cloth masks)
- PQ Signs (Clear Guards, Distancing Decals)
- Riyoko (cloth masks)
- Walmart (cloth masks, paper masks, cleaning supplies, gloves, etc.)
Other online stores
- Dental Market (sanitizer, gloves, wipes, masks)
- NBA store (cloth masks)
- NHL store (cloth masks)
- Ridalco (protective shields)
- Saskarc Sanitation Products (sanitizer & sanitation products)
- ULine.ca (cleaning & safety supplies)
How can I make my own mask?
Visit the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) website for tutorials on creating your own:
- Sewn Cloth Face Covering
- Quick Cut T-shirt Face Covering (no sew method)
- Bandana Face Covering (no sew method)
As officials begin pre-planning their reopening strategies at the local, provincial and federal levels, it is anticipated that mask use will be strongly recommended or mandatory in crowded public spaces, like at the grocery store, on mass transit or for any close-contact business services that do not allow for physical distancing of 2 metres apart.
Canadian public health officers have indicated that masks can be an effective additional measure in preventing community transmission of COVID-19, in addition to frequent hand washing and social distancing.
In Chestermere, as businesses and public areas will soon begin to slowly reopen, the community is encouraged to take every precaution to prevent the spread, including wearing a non-medical mask. Masks are required for patrons and employees where businesses cannot maintain 2m distancing to provide services.