Face Coverings (Non-Medical Masks)


The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to practice physical distancing (2 metres) and to follow these simple practices: 

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer; 

  • monitor your health and stay home if you are sick; 

  • stay home as much as possible; 

  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth; 

  • avoid contact with people who are sick; 

  • sneeze and cough in your sleeve and 

  • follow rules for self-isolation. 

Why use face coverings? 

Wearing face covering (non-medical mask) is recommended where physical distancing may not be possible. 

A face covering can help: 

  • stop the spread of COVID-19 from infected individuals who have few or no symptoms and are unaware that they may be infected. 

  • protect others from your infectious droplets.  

  • prevent other people’s droplets from landing in your mouth or nose. 

The use of face coverings (e.g., homemade cloth mask) in public or other settings does not replace the need for physical distancing and other health measures. 

Who should wear a face covering? 

  • public transit 

  • stores and shopping areas 

  • when you are receiving essential services 

Face coverings should also be worn if: 

  • you are caring for someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19. The person who is sick should also wear a face covering when around other people. Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts 

  • you have symptoms of COVID-19 and you have to be near other people, such as a medical appointment. Note: A facial covering does not replace the need to self-isolate.  

Who should NOT wear a face covering? 

Face coverings should not be worn by: 

  • children under the age of two 

  • a person who has trouble breathing 

  • a person who is unable to remove the face covering without assistance 

How do I wear and discard a face covering? 

To learn how to properly wear and discard a face covering, visit: 

Note: It is not recommended that you microwave your face covering.  

Can I use a medical-grade mask? (e.g., N95) 

Medical-grade masks (e.g., N95) should be kept for medical professionals. 

Can healthcare professionals wear face coverings? 

The Health Unit does not recommend healthcare professionals use non medical-grade masks in place of a medical-grade mask. 

For more information: 

North Bay

345 Oak Street West

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)