100,000 P2 masks for ACT from Commonwealth stocks
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said air quality in Canberra continued to be “extraordinarily bad”.
Mr Barr said he had accepted an offer from federal health minister Greg Hunt to provide masks from Commonwealth stocks.
Authorities were still determining how people in vulnerable groups could access the masks.
Mr Barr said the period of smoke haze continued to be an anxious time for residents in Canberra, but he acknowledged many people would still need to be outdoors.
ACT chief health officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said vulnerable communities – including people aged over 65, people with underlying heart or lung disease and pregnant women – would be the focus of mask distribution efforts.
“These masks are only effective if they fitted properly.”
Chief Health Officer Kerryn Coleman and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr provide an update on the State of Alert for the ACT.Picture: Elesa Kurtz
The chief minister and chief health officer acknowledged that for many, the smoke was inside their homes.
“These are unprecedented conditions in Canberra and I think we’ve all been trying to work together on how to make the most of the situation that we have been trying to control the best we can,” Dr Coleman said.
“The best we can do as a community is try and reduce the exposure to smoke that we have, and our advice has been to try and do that in the multiple ways that you have available to you.”
Dr Coleman reiterated that people should stay inside with the windows and doors shut, and not use evaporative air conditioners.
Mr Barr said the conditions looked set to stay for another couple of days, and would improve when the wind direction changed.
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