Local Community Agencies to Distribute Thousands of Face Coverings Thanks to New Joint Initiative

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Downtown Peterborough

Mandatory Face Covering Directive Takes Effect August 1

A joint City-County-Peterborough Public Health initiative to provide reusable face coverings for people who may not be able to buy them is being supported by community groups.

Kinsmen Club, Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture, and Kawartha Food Share are making donations to support the bulk purchase of face coverings. The United Way of Peterborough and District is accepting financial donations for the project through its COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.

With the support of these groups, Peterborough Social Services will be providing about 5,000 face coverings to community agencies for distribution to clients.

Anyone who wants to contribute new, unused face coverings, including homemade face coverings, can drop the items off at the Peterborough Public Health office at 185 King St.

Deputy Mayor Kemi Akapo, County Warden J. Murray Jones and Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health took to the streets of downtown Peterborough today offering masks to those who needed one.

Beginning August 1, 2020, face coverings are mandatory in various public settings, including certain commercial establishments, public transit and commercial transportation as outlined in the Peterborough Public Health directive.

”Working together has kept our numbers down. I am so proud of our full community for following the new policies and procedures Peterborough Public Health has put in place,” Warden J. Murray Jones said. “I am also very proud of the Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture for donating to the cause. We want everyone to have access to face masks whether they live in the City or County of Peterborough. We are in this together, and together we can all stay safe.”

“We’re working with our community partners to make sure that anyone who needs a face covering can get one,” Mayor Diane Therrien said. “Once again, community groups such as the Kinsmen Club and organizations such as Kawartha Food Share are stepping up to help our fellow residents through this pandemic.”

“I’m extremely proud and grateful to see community members help each other stay safe by not only wearing face coverings, but ensuring those who need one are getting one. Evidence shows that this kind of collective action helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 when we can’t keep two metres apart,” Dr. Rosana Salvaterra said.

Wearing a face covering is an added measure to the other public health measures that are in place, including:

  • Physical distancing
  • Staying home if sick
  • Washing your hands
  • Coughing and sneezing etiquette
  • Not touching your face
  • Cleaning commonly touched surfaces

To make a financial donation toward providing face coverings for people in the community, please donate to the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund online at uwpeterborough.ca/covid-19-how-you-can-help or by calling 705-742-8839.

Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs are made up of active community volunteers who work together to serve the community’s greatest needs by promoting service and fellowship.

Kawartha Food Share assists more than 8,900 men, women and children every month through its 36 member agencies.

For an up-to-date listing of municipal services affected by the COVID-19 emergency, please visit www.peterborough.ca/COVID19.
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For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:
Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services
City of Peterborough
705-742-7777 ext. 1636