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Mask recommendation won't convince people to wear them: CUPE President

McFadgen says we know recommendations don't work because you can see when you're out in public that large numbers of people simply aren't wearing masks
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The president of CUPE Nova Scotia says the province needs to strengthen its stance on wearing masks.

Nan McFadgen says a recommendation simply isn't strong enough, and won't convince people to wear them.

McFadgen's comments come after Chief Medical Officer of Health Doctor Robert Strang voied a stronger recommendation on masks last week, saying they are encouraging people wear masks in certain public settings.

But McFadgen tells NEWS 95.7 she believes this will do little to entice people.

"Because a recommendation to wear a mask, people are not doing that," says McFadgen, adding the province needs to follow the lead of countries like Germany.

She emphasizes that many people discard a recommendation to wear masks because it's not convenient.

"People are not going to wear a mask when you recommend they wear a mask, it's like, we're loosening restrictions, but please wear a mask, please social distance, please wash your hands, so it should be that multi pronged approach, but to say please wear a mask is not going to get people to wear a mask," explains McFadgen

She says we know recommendations don't work because you can see when you're out in public that large numbers of people simply aren't wearing masks. McFadgen says pleading with people to follow public health recommendations is simply the wrong approach.

"There are 50 countries mandating wearing masks, and one of those countries is Germany, whose response has been extremely responsible, and I guess I just don't understand," says McFadgen. "The emerging science is saying that my mask protects you, your masks protects me."

"Well if you don't care about me, would you be wearing a mask," asks McFadgen.

She says even other Canadian jurisdictions are making, or considering making mask wearing mandatory in certain areas, and Nova Scotia shouldn't be lagging so far behind.


Chris Halef

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Chris is a reporter for HalifaxToday.ca and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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