Face mask use

Wear a mask if you are sick 

Masks are an appropriate part of infection prevention and control if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are caring for a person with symptoms. 

The mask acts as a barrier and helps stop the tiny droplets from spreading when you cough or sneeze. 

Using a mask is not enough on its own and should be combined with other preventative measures such as hand washing, self-isolating and physical distancing. 

Wear a mask in public, even when healthy

Medical experts say wearing a mask is advisable when you have to be out in the community for medical appointments, food or supplies. It is also now mandatory to wear a mask on most transport and in some public spaces/facilities. Keep up-to-date with your local health authority to see the requirements in your area. 

Wearing a mask can help in containing your own droplets and protecting others but it will not protect you from COVID-19. Ensure that it does not give you a false sense of security. Maintain other precautions such as hand washing, social distancing (when possible), sanitizing and avoiding touching your face. 

Below is more information on the proper use of face masks.

World Health Organization:

US CDC (Center for Disease Control):

BC CDC (Center for Disease Control)

Page Last Updated: 24/01/2021