Wearing face masks is our new reality. We have been asked to wear masks in Kingston whenever we visit a public setting.
Face masks are mandatory, not only to protect ourselves, but also to protect the community at large. Our Covid cases have been low, however we have seen a significant outbreak locally. For the safety of our community, the local health unit mandated that masks must be worn when physical distancing will be difficult to maintain.
This mandate came into effect on June 26, 2020. Since then we’ve seen a huge need in the community being filled by local businesses and people clever with a sewing machine.
More details on the when and why here: Masks now mandatory in indoor public settings in KFL&A
Kingston is full of industrious souls who are making face masks. After asking around (on my FB page and through my email list) I’ve put together a list of people who are making and selling reusable face masks.
(Did I miss someone? Drop their details in the comments!)
Local makers creating masks in Kingston:
Martello Alley and Martello on Brock – “Our masks are pleated, reversible, and made in YGK!” – David Dosett, owner of Martello Alley and Martello on Brock.
Elaine Donaldson – Elaine is making masks in support of For the Love of Ferals cat rescue group and all proceeds go to them.
Pure Colour Baby
Glocca Morra Farms
Local businesses selling face masks:
Downtown Kingston has a list of businesses selling masks. Check it out here.
Some other businesses selling face masks were suggested to me, but I wasn’t able to confirm with them:
The more I immerse myself in the local business community here, the more I am amazed by the support and outreach of the community that is Kingston. Read a few more things I love about my hometown: Reasons I love Kingston Ontario.
We won’t be getting away from wearing face masks any time soon. And with the uncertainly of school in the fall, we may all need to stock up.
Consider local merchants and makers when you head out to find your new favourite face masks!
I’m growing a supportive community of local businesses through my email list. Join me there by dropping your name and email in this form.
Eclipse at the cataraqui town centre has great masks!!! Also they are a canadian company!!