When to wear a mask
- Workers at all workplace premises should wear masks - more details about types of masks to be worn by workplace are available here.
- Frontline staff (e.g food handlers, cashiers)
- Those performing backend functions (e.g. data entry, payroll etc.)
- If you leave the house to purchase essentials or for work: Wear a mask
- While taking public transport or in taxis
- At the grocery store
- At anytime physical distance of 6 ft or 2 meteres cannot be maintained from others
You do not need to wear a mask when at home, when exercising or if a child under the age of 2.
Download the When to Wear a mask Flyer
Children and Face Coverings
Mask wearing for children must strike a balance between the benefits and risk of health and social measures. Children under 10-years-old are less likely to wear masks correctly and are more likely to fiddle with the masks which increases the touching of their faces. Children may also suffer from complications with asthma, allergies and other respiratory illness and injury from the mask ties. All of which would decrease the usefulness of the mask.
Therefore you must not:
- Put a mask on a child who is under two-years-old or would struggle with taking it off by themselves
- Have a child under the age of 10-years-old wear a mask all day at a school, camp or day care
How to wear a mask
For most of us, wearing a mask or face covering is new and we’re not used to the feeling. If it is a bit stuffy, you are probably wearing it right! And the most important thing is NOT TO FIDGET with the mask/face covering. Once it is on, leave it on while you are out in public e.g. grocery store, pharmacy, etc.
To wear a mask properly you must:
- Wear your mask so it comes all the way up, close to the bridge of your nose, and all the way down under your chin.
- Do your best to tighten the loops or ties so it’s snug around your face, without gaps
How to use a mask
The cloth face coverings (masks) are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for helathcare workers and other medical first responders.
- To safely remove a used cloth face covering, you should be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash your hand immediately after removing.
- A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a cloth face covering
- The cloth face covering should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use
- Children and Face Coverings Flyer
- Do's and Do Nots of Wearing Masks
- When to Wear a Mask
- Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 Flyer