Wearing a mask

Wearing a mask or a face covering reduces the risk of transmission of several infectious respiratory diseases.

People wearing a mask or face covering are required to continue applying the other protective health measures. For more information, consult the page Steps for limiting the spread of respiratory infectious diseases.

When to wear a mask

The following individuals are recommended to wear a mask:

  • People who have symptoms of a respiratory infectious disease (cough, sore throat or nasal congestion) during social interactions, until the symptoms disappear
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • People who have a health condition that makes them vulnerable
  • Pregnant women

Health care facilities

Wearing a mask may be required in certain settings where health care is offered.

Last update: November 14, 2023


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