Masks or Face Coverings

Masks are required in all enclosed public spaces in the Thunder Bay District Health Unit service area.


More information about masks can be found on our Mandatory Masks Directive for Businesses page or our Mandatory Masks for Businesses FAQs and Mandatory Masks for the Public FAQs.


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

Last Updated: 04/08/2020