Help protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza:
Practice good hygiene
- Stay home if you are feeling sick
- Wash or sanitize your hands often
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
Effective December 8, 2020: Masks are required in all indoor public places, places of worship, and indoor workplaces, unless you qualify for an exception, masks are required.
When sick, wearing a mask helps prevent us from passing illnesses on to other people. This is why we ask people who have a cough or respiratory symptoms to wear a mask and wash their hands when visiting an emergency department or clinic.
Wearing a homemade or non-medical mask has not been proven to protect the person wearing it. However, wearing a non-medical mask may be helpful in protecting others around you, especially when you do not have symptoms. This is because face coverings are another way to cover your mouth and nose to prevent respiratory droplets from contaminating other people or surfaces. Additionally, wearing a mask may stop you from touching your nose and mouth.
When wearing a non-medical mask or face covering:
- Ensure your mask is well-fitted and does not gape at the sides.
- Be aware that masks can become contaminated on the outside. Avoid moving or adjusting the mask. Assume the mask has been contaminated and take proper precautions.
- Critically, if you wear a mask, you must wash your hands before putting it on, as well as before and after taking it off.
- Cloth masks should be worn only a short time, as there is some evidence that they can trap virus particles after they become damp, which may put the wearer at greater risk.
- For those choosing to wear non-medical masks, it may be prudent to carry a bag with several clean masks in it, as well as a plastic bag that can be used to safely store used masks until they can be washed at home.
- It is critical that used masks be carefully handled to avoid spreading infection to others.
- Stay at least 2 metres/6 feet away from others
- Wear a mask in public and in all indoor workplaces
- Avoid overcrowded public spaces
- Limit the number of people you come into close contact with
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Have your groceries or other items delivered, if possible, if you are at high risk of severe disease