Mask Guidance

Updated November 1, 2021

There is no curfew in effect and the below guidance must be followed.

When to wear a mask

You must wear a mask. Unless you are:

  • outdoors in uncrowded spaces
  • at home;
  • with members of your household;
  • immunised (received 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine + 2 weeks have passed) and you're with other immunised persons only
  • eating or drinking;
  • doing high exertion exercise (see guidance); or
  • A child under the age of 2yrs 

Masks are required in (but not limited to) the following situations:

  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) (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 crowded places (indoors and outdoors) where you cannot maintain an appropriate physical distance of 6 feet (2 meters) from others who are not from your own household or whose immunisation status is unknown

*NOTE:

  • Persons with medical vulnerabilities should continue to wear masks if physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Although masks are generally not required outdoors, there have been cases where the virus has spread in outdoor settings, which is why it is important to wear masks in crowded outdoor places.

Children and Face Coverings

A face mask is not intended to be a substitute for physical distancing. Mask wearing is particularly important when a more severe strain of the Covid-19 virus is spreading in the community. Face masks are simple barriers that help to prevent the wearer from spreading germs to others.

Children in P4/Grade 3 and up must wear a face mask at all times when indoors. (During entry and exit, in hallways and classrooms). Masks will not be worn while eating and drinking, and during indoor PE classes.

Review the relevant sections of the following guidance to learn more about mask wearing for children in the following settings:

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 TOUCH 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 healthcare 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 be enough to properly wash 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

Suitable Masks

Review guidance in the graphic below or here: Suitable COVID-19 Masks

Ways to Increase Mask Protection

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

Ways to Increase Mask Protection

 

Resources

 

 

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

Stop the Spread - Wear a Mask

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