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There may not be any official orders from the province or City of Brandon to wear masks in indoor spaces, but many local businesses and buildings have started to require visitors to wear them.
This all comes after Westman, especially Brandon, has seen a large spike in cases of COVID-19 over the last week, including more than 20 at Maple Leaf Foods’ pork processing plant in Brandon.
Some businesses like Tim Hortons on the Trans-Canada Highway, Asian Spices of Brandon and Marino’s Pizza have been shut down temporarily due to possible exposure to the virus or cases detected among staff.
At Progressive Westman, owned by Brandon Chamber of Commerce president Spencer Day, all staff have started wearing masks inside.
"I think we need to do everything we can to get our numbers down so we don’t have to look at any more closure than we have to," Day told the Sun on Tuesday. "I wouldn’t call it concern or fear. There’s just a little bit of uncertainty around the business community because the first round of closures back in early March there were very hard on some people. As a business community, we want to inch this thing towards a new normal and we can’t go backwards."
Day commended local businesses for being quick to jump on taking extra precautions like wearing personal protective equipment, doing extra sanitation work, sending staff home if they’re not feeling well and carefully listening to the guidelines set by Manitoba Health. He also sees a positive in the long lineups for the COVID testing sites at the Keystone Centre and The Town Centre.
"I’ve seen it through a couple different lenses, at my own business and as the chamber president: our business community has embraced this challenge. Everyone has jumped on top of it as fast as they can and I know our number of positive cases have gone down today."
On Tuesday, there were only three new cases of COVID-19 detected in the Prairie Mountain Health region. That’s down from Monday, when there were 11 new cases found in the region.
Asked if he thinks a mask mandate should be ordered at the provincial or municipal level, Day said it doesn’t matter what he thinks and that Manitobans should continue to follow the advice of Public Health. However, he said that wearing masks is probably a good idea.
"I think each individual business owner has the right to ask their customers to wear masks if they want to be in their building or get served by them."
The following is a list of businesses and buildings the Sun was able to independently verify are requiring customers to wear masks while shopping or visiting:
8 Bit of Awesome (sells masks for $1)
Spencer’sBath and Body Works
Brandon Municipal Airport
Esquire Barber Shop
Asian Spices of Brandon
Canad Inns Destination Centre (sells masks for $1)
Nearly New Shop
The Children’s Place
Christie’s Office Plus
Quilts Etc. (supplies masks for free)
Union Shoe Store
Wheat City Vape Shop
Pantages Salon and Spa
Courtney’s Cake Creations
BladeworxBarber Shop & Hair Salon (sells masks for $2)
Sharpe & Company
CM Massage Therapy
Brandon Clinic and Brandon Clinic West
Both FYidoctors locations
Newmount Medical Clinic
Pirouette Active Wear
It’s Charlow, darling (sells some masks)
Obermaier’s Sausage and Meats
Dynamic Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic (sells masks for $2)
Super 8 Motel
Days Inn & Suites
Travelodge Brandon (also taking temperature of out-of-province guests)
Lasting Image Picture Framing
Comfort Inn (effective Aug. 17)
Vision Travel Solutions
Blood & Iron Tattoo
Western Manitoba Regional Library (all locations)
Eras Antiques & Art (sells masks for $2)
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