Face Coverings (Non-Medical Masks)


Wearing face covering (non-medical mask) is recommended where physical distancing may be a challenge, such as in indoor settings, on public transit, and when receiving essential or close-contact services, but should not be used as a replacement for physical distancing. Face coverings should also be worn if: 

  • you are caring for someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19. The person who has symptoms of COVID-19 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 face covering does not replace the need to self-isolate.  

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  

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 protective health measures.

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)