Masks and Frequently Asked Questions

Wearing non-medical masks:

  • New evidence suggests that pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people could transmit the virus.
  • The Special Advisory Committee on COVID-19 has come to a consensus that wearing a non-medical mask—even if you have no symptoms―is an additional measure you can take to protect others around you.
  • In situations where physical distancing is difficult to maintain whether that be public transit or the grocery store a non-medical mask can reduce the chance of respiratory droplets coming into contact with others or land on surfaces.
  • Wearing a non-medical mask in the community has not been proven to protect the person wearing it.  It is an additional way that YOU CAN PROTECT OTHERS.
  • Wearing a non-medical mask in the community does not mean you can back off the public health measures that we know work to protect you.  You must continue to practice physical distancing and good hygiene, like frequent handwashing, and regularly disinfect high-touch surfaces.