In the regions The AIDS Network serves, masks are becoming more necessary for accessibility reasons, as municipalities are creating bylaws making them mandatory in certain situations. In Hamilton non-medical face masks are required to use public transit, and both Hamilton and Brantford are considering making them mandatory to access indoor spaces. Additionally, face masks remain highly recommended as a method to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and are an important way we can all help keep each-other healthy and safe.
The AIDS Network remains committed to doing our part and doing everything we can to make sure our most vulnerable populations have access to face masks, and so we are extending our Mask Drive through July! So far, with your help we have collected 1,064 non-medical face masks, we have now raised our goal, and are hopeful that we can collect 2,000 non medical face masks to distribute through our mobile harm reduction programs The Van (Hamilton) and The HNB Van (Haldimand, Norfolk, Brant County and Brantford).
If you are handy with a sewing machine or have access to a supply of non-medical face masks, please consider making a donation to our mask drive, and help us make sure everyone who needs masks has access to them! Contact James Diemert, Community Engagement Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information or to arrange a pick-up or drop-off.