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Calgary restaurateurs say anti-maskers are harassing their staff

Stephen Deere, owner of Modern Steak on Stephen Ave Walk poses in Calgary on Thursday, January 3, 2019. Jim Wells/Postmedia ORG XMIT: POS1901031907428519
Stephen Deere, owner of Modern Steak on Stephen Ave Walk poses in this file photo from January 3, 2019. Deere is speaking out against people opposed to wearing a mask harassing his staff. Jim Wells/Postmedia

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.

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New COVID-19 testing methods could come to Alberta: Hinshaw

British Columbia is introducing a new gargle, rinse and spit method to test for COVID-19 among school children. PHOTO PROVINCIAL HEALTH SERVICES AUTHORITY.
British Columbia is introducing a new gargle, rinse and spit method to test for COVID-19 among school children. Photo by B.C. PROVINCIAL HEALTH SERVICES AUTHORITY.

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.

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France reports new daily record in COVID-19 cases

A medical staff member prepares to collect a sample from a man and his daughter at a COVID-19 testing centre set up in the European Parliament on May 12, 2020, in Strasbourg, eastern France. Photo by FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP via Getty Images

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