The Mattawa Museum continues to work toward opening its doors and welcoming visitors once again but restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have severely affected the attraction's bottom line.
With no visitors permitted, the staff has continued to clean, catalogue, and reorganize the museum's artifacts and exhibits. Management has decided the situation meant it needed to think of ways to supplement income.
As a timely fundraiser, the museum is now offering "I ♥ Mattawa" face coverings for sale to the public for $10 each. For more information, click here.
In a post to the Mattawa Museum's website and Facebook page, the museum gives thanks for the "continued encouragement and support during this unusual season."
On deciding on the mask fundraiser, Mattawa Museum asked, "What could help everyone?" And then decided to offer something to "promote health and safety for everyone in our community, residents and visitors by showing love and pride of Mattawa."
Monday, Mattawa Town Council supported the mandatory face covering policy of the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit during its regular meeting.
Under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, the Health Unit has mandated the use of face coverings in certain enclosed public spaces (businesses, organizations and services) and transportation in Mattawa and across the district.
See related story: How will mandated face coverings be enforced?
Council has also endorsed mandatory face coverings policy for town employees. Employees, students and volunteers have been trained on the policy by department heads and fabric face coverings and disposable face coverings are available for all staff. The policy has been posted in each municipal building.