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Calgary restaurateurs say anti-maskers are harassing their staff
Anti-maskers are causing a headache for local restaurants that are facing online harassment and in-person aggression for upholding COVID-19 safety measures.
Stephen Deere, owner of Modern Steak in downtown Calgary, said comments on their social media pages have spiralled in recent days with some calling for the boycott of the fine dining restaurant.
“Over the last 24 to 48 hours, it’s like there has been a full moon of some sort and people are just losing their minds now about having to wear a mask,” said Deere.
New COVID-19 testing methods could come to Alberta: Hinshaw
Alberta public-health officials are looking into new, less invasive COVID-19 testing methods, the province’s top doctor said Friday.
Through the pandemic, Alberta Public Laboratory staff have primarily used nasopharyngeal and throat swabs to collect testing specimens from the back of the throat and nose.
But Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw confirmed at a Friday news conference the province was examining new testing methods, specifically for use with children in schools.
“We are working with our lab to look at options such as a mouth-rise and self-saliva sample, but there are different elements that need to be put in place before we can use it broadly,” Hinshaw said.