It is also recommend that individuals wear a mask or face covering in any setting where it is difficult or not possible to keep 2m from others. It is important to know that mask wearing alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask is part of a comprehensive COVID-19 prevention strategy that includes physical distancing, keeping hands clean, cleaning commonly-touched surfaces, staying home when sick and getting tested if symptoms develop.
A mask can help stop the spread of respiratory droplets from a person’s mouth or nose (cough, sneeze, breathing, speaking moistly). Some evidence suggests that COVID-19 can be spread by people who aren't showing symptoms (asymptomatic) or have mild symptoms, and so wearing a mask can be an added layer of protection.
We want to encourage and normalize the use of masks in our communities. This is to protect residents from possible COVID-19 infections that could be prevented with the use of a mask. This will also improve safety for businesses as they continue to reopen.
Please note: Medical masks (surgical, medical procedure face masks and respirators like N95 masks) should be reserved for health care workers and first responders.
Additional Resources and Information
- Mandatory Masks Poster for Businesses (with Exemptions) (PDF) and in French: Masque ou couvre-visage obligatoire (avec des exemptions)
- How to Wear a Mask Properly 8.5x11 (PDF) - TBDHU (en français)
- How to Wear a Mask Properly 11x17 (PDF) - TBDHU (en français)
- Wear a Face Covering when Physical Distancing is a Challenge - Government of Ontario
- When and How to Wear a Mask - Recommendations for the General Public - Public Health Ontario
- How to Safely Use a Non-Medical Mask or Face Covering - Public Health Agency of Canada
- Video: How to Wear a Non-Medical Mask or Face Covering Properly - Public Health Agency of Canada