Should I wear a mask and/or gloves to protect myself from COVID-19?

Non-medical masks are now mandatory in public spaces. This includes taking the bus, buying groceries or spending time in a community centre. You do not need to wear a mask when in your own home. 

Who is exempt from wearing a mask in public spaces?

  • People under the age of 12
  • People who cannot put on/remove a mask on their own
  • People with physical, mental or cognitive impairments 

Why wear a mask?

  • You could spread COVID-19 to your community even if you do not feel sick. Masks protect your fellow community members!

 If I wear a mask do I still need to do physical distancing? 

  • YES! It is best to keep 2m or 6ft between yourself and others. Masks do not substitute for physical distancing!

​Check out this video that explains why the sun cannot disinfect your mask:

When do I need to wear gloves?

  • When you are routinely cleaning and disinfecting your home
  • If you are caring for someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • Outside of cleaning and caregiving, gloves are not needed!

Why not?

  • While running errands, gloves will not necessarily protect you from getting COVID-19 and may still lead to the spread of germs
  • The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 when going out is to regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol