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Free reusable cloth masks available to those without access

The non-medical masks can be picked up at all public libraries in Nova Scotia and 23 provincial museums
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Nova Scotians who don't have access to non-medical masks can now pick them up for free.

"For those who can't supply their own masks, we are making a limited number of reusable cloth masks available at provincial museum and public library sites across the province," said Premier Stephen McNeil in a news release.

In Halifax, that includes the Museum of Natural History and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Each person can request up to two masks per immediate family member. They're adjustable and come in both adult and youth sizes.

For a limited time, reusable cloth masks are also available to small businesses in packages of 50. Small businesses can contact the Department of Business at for more information.

As of Friday, July 31, non-medical masks will be mandatory in indoor public places.

Those include:

  • retail businesses
  • shopping centres
  • personal services businesses such as hair and nail salons, spas, body art facilities, except during services that require removing a mask
  • restaurants and bars, except while people are eating or drinking
  • places of worship or faith gatherings
  • places for cultural or entertainment services or activities such as movie theatres, concerts and other performances
  • places for sports and recreational activities such as a gym, pool or indoor tennis facility, except while doing an activity where a mask cannot be worn
  • places for events such as conferences and receptions
  • municipal or provincial government locations offering services to the public
  • common areas of tourist accommodations such as lobbies, elevators and hallways
  • common areas of office buildings such as lobbies, elevators and hallways, but not private offices
  • public areas of a university or college campus, such as library or student union building, but not classrooms, labs, offices or residences
  • train or bus stations, ferry terminals and airports


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Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the community editor for
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