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​Mandatory Face Covering

Please refer to the Province's website for face covering requirements. 

Choosing the right face covering

The Government of Canada updated their guidelines on face coverings on November 24, 2021:

Well-designed and well-fitting masks or face coverings can prevent the spread of your infectious respiratory droplets. They may also help protect you from the infectious respiratory droplets of others.

How well a mask or face covering works depends on the materials used, how the mask is made, and most importantly, how well it fits.

Wearing a face covering is not a replacement for other preventative measures, such as frequent handwashing and physical distancing.

Wearing a face covering 

When wearing a face covering, it is important to remember:

  • Do not share your face covering with others
  • Wash your hands before putting on and after taking off a mask
  • Place the face covering over your nose, mouth and chin
  • Avoid touching your face and face covering while using it
  • Change your face covering as soon as it is moist or dirty
  • Do not leave your face covering tucked under the chin, hanging from your ear, or on your forehead
  • Remove the face covering by the ear loops without touching the front of the face covering
  • Put used face covering(s) in a plastic bag or directly in the laundry bin to be washed
  • Launder cloth face coverings after use with other items using the hot cycle and dryer
  • Dispose of disposable face coverings (one-time use) in a sealed garbage

Face coverings exemptions

Please refer to the Government of Ontario’s face coverings exemption website.

For information about exemptions in schools, please refer to the Province's website.


Medical masks, including surgical, medical procedure face masks and respirators (like N95 masks), must be kept for health-care workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients.