Manitoba Human Rights Commission reports increased calls for mandatory mask opponents

Manitoba’s attempt to cut rising COVID-19 numbers appears to be paying off but it is leading to some public anger. There has been a sharp rise in complaints to the province’s human rights commission.

The office is dealing with anywhere between 50 to 100 calls per month on the face mask issue, from individuals telling us that they are being denied access to retail premises or being asked to wear a mask for some reason or other.

Overall call volumes are running about 30% above normal. People are informed that the province’s current mask mandate, from a human rights perspective, is generally not an issue unless that person does have a disability-related need not to wear one.

The most recent orders mandate mask use in all indoor public areas, require restaurants and bars to close except for takeout and delivery, and forbidding people from having guests in their home with some exceptions.

Manitoba has implemented a series of increasingly tough restrictions over the last two months as COVID-19 cases have spiked. The most recent orders mandate mask use in all indoor public areas, require restaurants and bars to close except for takeout and delivery, and forbidding people from having guests in their home with some exceptions.

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Our courses maintain social distancing measures with reduced class sizes to maintain the minimum 2 meters apart along with the mandatory use of face masks and regular temperature checks. The venue of the courses undergo regular, enhanced cleaning and disinfection routines. 

For more information about face masks, check out these sources:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-face-masks-what-you-need-to-know

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/09/30/mask-guidelines-covid-faq/?arc404=true

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