Mask Guidance

When to wear a mask

If physical distancing of 6feet (2 meters) cannot be maintained from others you must wear a mask. Unless you are:

  • at home;
  • with members of your household;
  •  eating or drinking;
  • doing high exertion exercise (see guidance); or
  • A child under the age of 2yrs (see guidance).

This mask requirement includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Workers at all workplace premises - in accordance with the relevant  guidance

  2. Passengers onboard public transport or in taxis 

  3. When visiting any establishment (indoor or outdoor) (e.g. grocery store, shop, bank, office, gallery etc) unless otherwise allowed by specific guidance.

  4. School children in accordance with the relevant guidance

  5. In public places (streets or parks) when other people are present and 6feet distance cannot be maintained.

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

Download the Children and Face Coverings (Masks) Flyer 

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

Download the Dos and Don'ts face covering (Mask) Flyer

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

Download the Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 Flyer

Ways to Increase Mask Protection

Review guidance in the graphics below or here: Ways to Increase Mask Protection 




Tips for wearing mask face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic

Stop the Spread - Wear a Mask