Across Ontario, it is no longer mandated that individuals wear a mask or face covering while in most indoor places. However, there are still some settings and situations where they are required.
Masks remain a measure for protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19. When layered with other recommended public health measures, a well-constructed, well-fitting and properly worn mask can still help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Masks may be optional in many settings, but everyone is strongly encouraged to keep them on for a little while longer, especially in indoor spaces that are crowded. This is particularly important for people who are at higher risk of illness (or who live with someone who is), including:
- people who have not received all recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
- people who are older.
- people with certain medical conditions.
- people who are pregnant or have recently given birth.
The lifting of mask mandates will be welcomed by some and worrisome for others. Whether to continue to wear a mask will be a matter of personal choice based on individual risk assessment and the local situation. Treating everyone with tolerance, respect and kindness is ever so important as we each decide what is right for ourselves.
Additional Resources and Information
- Face coverings and face masks - Ontario Ministry of Health
- COVID-19 Mask Use - Advice for Community Settings - Public Health Agency of Canada
- Optimizing the Use of Masks Against COVID-19 - Public Health Ontario
- How to Wear and Care for Your Reusable Mask Tip Sheet (PDF) - TBDHU
- How to Wear a Mask Properly Poster (PDF) - TBDHU
- Portez correctement votre masque ou votre couvre-visage (PDF)
- How to Choose, Use and Care for a Mask - Public Health Agency of Canada
- Mask Friendly Space Sign (PDF) - TBDHU