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Wearing a mask is mandatory in all enclosed public spaces and recommended in any setting where it is difficult or not possible to keep 2 metres 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 often, 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 (e.g. from a cough, sneeze, breathing or speaking moistly). Some evidence suggests that COVID-19 can be spread by people who aren't showing symptoms (asymptomatic) or have mild symptoms. Wearing a mask can be an added layer of protection.
Please note: Medical masks (i.e. surgical, medical procedure face masks and respirators, like N95 masks) should be reserved for health care workers and first responders.
Additional Resources and Information
- How to Wear and Care for Your Reusable Mask Tip Sheet (PDF)
- Mask Care Information for Students and Families (PDF)
- Mandatory Masks Poster for Businesses (with Exemptions) (PDF)
- Masque ou couvre-visage obligatoire (avec des exemptions) (PDF)
- How to Wear a Mask Properly Poster (8.5x11 PDF)
- Portez correctement votre masque ou votre couvre-visage (8.5x11 PDF)
- How to Wear a Mask Properly Poster (11x17 PDF)
- Portez correctement votre masque ou votre couvre-visage (11x17 PDF)
- Wear a Face Covering when Physical Distancing is a Challenge - Government of Ontario
- How to Safely Use a Non-Medical Mask or Face Covering - Public Health Agency of Canada