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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 February 11, 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.

A mask or face covering can be homemade or purchased, and should:

  • be made of at least 3 layers
    • 2 layers should be tightly woven material fabric, such as cotton or linen
    • the third (middle) layer should be a filter-type fabric, such as non-woven polypropylene fabric
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose, mouth and chin without gaping
  • allow for easy breathing
  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
  • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustments
  • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty
  • maintain its shape after washing and drying

Filters

Filters add an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 by trapping small infectious particles. Consider wearing a mask that includes a filter or filter material as one of its layers, such as:

  • non-woven polypropylene fabric, which can be found as:
    • a craft fabric
    • the non-woven fabric that's used to make some reusable shopping bags
  • a disposable filter inserted into a pocket on the mask

Check out how to make your own face covering with a filter.

Reusable masks with a non-woven filter layer should be washed daily, and can be washed multiple times. Disposable filters should be changed daily or as directed by the manufacturer.

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.


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.