Yukon-mask makers see a spike in demand

With masks now mandatory in Yukon, local mask-makers are rushing to keep up with a surge in demand for face-coverings.

According to Nancy Bliss who paints specialty-designed masks, sales have at least quadrupled, and she has been trying to keep up.

In Dawson, Ashlee Fraser shared that more people wanted masks following new cases and a recent exposure notification in the community.

The Yukon government has made masks mandatory in indoor public spaces as of Tuesday. People over age five are required to wear face coverings in most public spaces, including public transit, common office areas, and restaurants. The territorial government recommends using masks made with three layers, although it stated that two-layered masks are fine.

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.

People in Yukon can be fined up to $500 for not wearing a mask where required. The Yukon government stated that scarves, balaclavas, bandanas, or neck warmers do not count as protective masks.

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

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-mask/art-20485449

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

https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/n95-respirators-surgical-masks-and-face-masks

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