May 20: Guidelines by Ontario Regarding the Use of Face Masks

imageDr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, released recommendations regarding the use of face-covering as Ontario is gradually reopening its economy.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health expertsare recommending that individuals wear a face-coveringwhere physical distancing is not possible, such as on public transit or in a small grocery store or pharmacy.



  • Wear your face covering safely and snugly to cover your nose and mouth, without any gaps.
  • Ensure your face covering is made of at least two layers of tightly-woven material and can be cleaned multiple times without losing its shape;
  • Medical masks, such as surgical and N95 masks, should be reserved for use by health care workers, those providing direct care, first responders and individuals who are ill and must leave their home for essential reasons such as seeking medical care, picking up medication or groceries;
  • Face coverings should not be placed on or used by children under the age of two; anyone who has trouble breathing; and anyone who is unable to remove it without assistance.

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