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Canadian air travel will now require masks or face coverings

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If you are travelling by air in Canada, having a mask with you will soon be mandatory.

Starting on Monday (Apr. 20), all air passengers must have a non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during travel.

Federal Transport Minister, Marc Garneau says Canadians should continue to follow public health advice and stay at home if possible. However, if you need to travel on a plane, wearing a face covering is an extra measure to protect others around you. “Transport Canada will continue to ensure various transportation systems adapt to the most effective, preventive measures to protect Canadians.”

Aviation passengers on all flights departing or arriving at Canadian airports will also have to show they have the necessary non-medical mask or face covering during the boarding process otherwise they will not be allowed to fly.

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When travelling by air, travellers will be asked to cover their mouth and nose:

  • at Canadian airport screening checkpoints, where the screeners cannot always keep two metres of separation between themselves and the traveller;
  • when they cannot physically distance from others, or as directed by the airline employees; and
  • when directed to do so by a public health order or public health official.

The federal government says ensuring the safety and security of all Canadians remains their top priority.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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