Masks (Face Coverings)

As of July 7, 2020, it is MANDATORY to wear a mask (face covering) in enclosed public spaces within the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry, Prescott-Russell and the City of Cornwall. See details here.

A mask is defined as a face covering that can filter respiratory droplets, and that securely covers the nose, mouth, and chin without gapping. A mask may be a non-medical mask, medical mask or other face covering (e.g. a bandana, scarf or cloth face covering).

Evidence shows that wearing a mask can help protect other people if the mask-wearer is infected with COVID-19, by trapping respiratory droplets in the mask. Since some people may be infected and not know it, whenever people are going out and might come into close contact with other people, they should wear a mask. When you wear a mask, you are helping to protect other people. When other people wear a mask, they are helping to protect you as well.

Wearing a mask is one tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, it should not replace other protective measures. In addition to wearing a mask, you should continue to practise physical distancing, clean your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, and stay at home if you are sick.

It is also important to understand that masks have limitations and need to be used safely. Please consult the resources below for information including how to properly fit, wear, remove and clean your face mask.

How to Use a Disposable Mask or Face Covering

How to Safely Use Reusable Cloth Masks and Face Coverings

Additional resources:

Mandatory Mask Directive for Enclosed Public Spaces

How to Safely Put On and Remove a Face Covering or Mask (illustrated instructions)

Wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge

Ontario Ministry of Health: Face coverings and masks

Non-medical masks and face coverings: Sew and no-sew instructions

When and How to Wear a Mask: Recommendations for the General Public

Eastern Ontatio Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l'Ontario