The following individuals are recommended to wear a mask or a face covering:
People who have symptoms of a respiratory infectious disease (cough, sore throat or nasal congestion)
People with weakened immune systems
People who have a health condition that makes them vulnerable
People aged 60 and over
In the presence of vulnerable people due to their health or age (over 60 years old)
In the presence of a baby under 3 months, except for the immediate family
In busy places (except schools and daycares)
Masks are required for anyone aged 10 or older going to general or specialized hospital centres (excluding psychiatric hospitals), private or public CHSLDs, a CLSC or medical clinics with a practising physician, nurse or nursing assistant. In these areas, it is also recommended that children aged 2 to 9 wear masks, if they are able to.
An exemption from wearing a mask is possible for people who do not tolerate it or for those with a physical condition, such as:
People who, as a result of a cognitive impairment, intellectual deficiency, an autism spectrum disorder, substance abuse or a severe mental health problem, are unable to understand the obligation to wear a mask or are at risk of becoming disorganized or experiencing significant distress as a result of wearing a mask
People with a facial deformity
People with a severed skin condition on the face or ears that is significantly aggravated by wearing a mask
The mask can also be removed when it interferes with care.
Wearing a mask may be required in some workplaces, particularly for healthcare workers.