NOTE: A list of participating Nova Scotia Museum sites follows this release
Nova Scotians without ready access to non-medical masks can now get reusable, cloth masks free at all public libraries and 24 provincial museums.
“Many Nova Scotians will supply their own masks for use in indoor public places to protect one another from COVID-19,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “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. We want to ensure everyone in Nova Scotia has easy access to a mask when and where they need it.”
Masks are available in both adult and youth sizes and are adjustable. Each person can request up to two masks for each member of their immediate family.
Many businesses are offering masks to customers and sourcing their own supplies if possible. For a limited time, government is making reusable cloth masks available in packages of 50 for small businesses. Small businesses can contact the Department of Business at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Masks are an important part of the whole package of public health measures we need to minimize the impact of a second wave of COVID-19. Most Nova Scotians can buy or make their own reusable masks and there are many local suppliers with economical options. Having masks available at our museums and libraries helps ensure everyone has access.
Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health
-- non-medical masks become mandatory in indoor public places on July 31 under the Health Protection Act Order
Map of provincial museum sites: https://museum.novascotia.ca/our-museums
Map of public libraries: https://library.novascotia.ca/map
List of indoor public places where mask use will be mandatory as of July 31: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restriction-updates/
How to make your own non-medical mask: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/sew-no-sew-instructions-non-medical-masks-face-coverings.html
Provincial museum sites with a supply of reusable non-medical masks for the public:
- Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St., Halifax
- Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax
- Uniacke Estate Museum Park, 758 Highway 1, Mount Uniacke
- Ross Farm Museum, 4568 Highway 12, New Ross
- Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, 68 Bluenose Dr., Lunenburg
- Wile Carding Mill Museum, 242 Victoria Road, Bridgewater
- Perkins House Museum, 105 Main St., Liverpool
- Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, 119 Old Birchtown Rd., Shelburne
- Ross-Thomson House Museum, 9 Charlotte Lane, Shelburne
- Barrington Woolen Mill, 2368 Nova Scotia Trunk 3, Barrington
- Old Meeting House, 2408 Highway 3, Barrington
- Firefighters' Museum of Nova Scotia, 451 Main St., Yarmouth
- Prescott House Museum, 1633 Starr's Point Rd., Starr's Point, King’s Co.
- Haliburton House Museum, 424 Clifton Ave., Windsor
- Lawrence House Museum, 8660 Highway 215, Maitland
- Fundy Geological Museum, 162 Two Islands Rd., Parrsboro
- Balmoral Grist Mill, 660 Matheson Brook Rd., Balmoral Mills, Colchester Co.
- Sutherland Steam Mill, 3169 Hwy 326, Denmark, Colchester Co.
- Museum of Industry, 147 North Foord St., Stellarton
- McCulloch House Museum, 100 Old Haliburton Rd., Pictou
- Highland Village, 4119 Highway 223, Iona, Victoria Co.
- Cossit House, 75 Charlotte St., Sydney
- Sherbrooke Village, 42 Main St., Sherbrooke
- Historic Acadian Village, 91 Old Church Road, Lower West Pubnico, Yarmouth Co.