Information current

October 15, 2021

There are exposure notices in our community. Keep practising the Safe 6 plus 1. For COVID-19 medical questions, phone 811; for non-medical COVID-19 questions email covid19info@yukon.ca.

Wearing a mask during COVID-19

As of August 4, 2021, wearing a mask is not mandatory in indoor public spaces in the Yukon. However, we encourage you to continue wearing masks in indoor public spaces to protect:

  • people who are not yet eligible for getting vaccinated, such as children born after 2009; and
  • people who are at higher risk, such as people who are immunocompromised or elderly.

This recommendation applies as long as we continue to experience increased COVID-19 activity in the Yukon.

Practise the Safe 6 plus 1

Masks on their own cannot stop the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask is a tool that, combined with the Safe 6, can help to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.

Find out about the Safe 6.

Continue to physically distance and wash your hands

Wearing a mask does not replace physical distancing and hand washing. It helps protect you and those around you, even if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

When to wear a mask

The risk of being infected by COVID-19 increases with factors including the 3 Cs. Your risk is lower if you can avoid them.

The 3 Cs are:

  • closed spaces with poor ventilation;
  • crowded places with large numbers of people; and
  • close contact where it’s difficult to physically distance from others.

If you are not sure when to wear a mask ask yourself these questions to help you decide.

  • How many people will be in the space?
  • What are the risks of the space everyone’s in?
    • Is it large or small relative to the number of people in the space
    • Is it well-ventilated? Are windows and doors open?
    • Is it cleaned regularly?
    • Is it well-managed? Can you maintain proper physical distancing?
  • Is it likely that the people around you are fully vaccinated?
  • What’s the case activity in your community at this time?
  • Will you have prolonged exposure to people?
Guidance for children

5 years and older

We strongly recommend masks in indoor public settings for everyone aged 5 years and older who is not yet fully vaccinated.

 

Children between 2 and 4 years

Children between 2 and 4 years old can wear a mask if they tolerate it well.

 

Children under 2 years

Children under 2 should not wear masks.

People who cannot remove their own mask

If someone cannot remove a mask on their own, they should not wear a mask.

People who are fully vaccinated

Even in times when COVID-19 activity is low, some people who are fully vaccinated may choose to wear a mask, especially when:

  • they're at risk of severe disease or outcomes;
  • they are not aware of the vaccine status of others around them; or
  • maintaining proper physical distancing is difficult.
People who serve the public

We encourage everyone who serves the public to wear a mask. This includes restaurant servers, retail and grocery store staff and hair stylists and barbers.

Businesses and organizations

Businesses and organizations may choose to follow their own policies and guidelines that are stricter than this guidance.

Health care providers and facilities

Health care facilities and health care providers should continue with masking policies in accordance with recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Masks in Yukon airports

Mask guidelines for travellers at Yukon airports are based on Canadian federal requirements and are the same throughout the airport terminal.

You must wear a mask when you’re in the restricted areas of an airport. Find out more about the federal requirements when you’re travelling by air.

We strongly recommend that you also wear a mask:  

  • in entrance ways;
  • at ticket counters;
  • in waiting areas before you go through security screening; and
  • in baggage areas.

The risk of being infected by COVID-19 increases with factors including the 3 Cs. Your risk is lower if you can avoid them.

The 3 Cs are:

  • closed spaces with poor ventilation;
  • crowded places with large numbers of people; and
  • close contact where it’s difficult to physically distance from others.

If you are not sure when to wear a mask ask yourself these questions to help you decide.

  • How many people will be in the space?
  • What are the risks of the space everyone’s in?
    • Is it large or small relative to the number of people in the space
    • Is it well-ventilated? Are windows and doors open?
    • Is it cleaned regularly?
    • Is it well-managed? Can you maintain proper physical distancing?
  • Is it likely that the people around you are fully vaccinated?
  • What’s the case activity in your community at this time?
  • Will you have prolonged exposure to people?

5 years and older

We strongly recommend masks in indoor public settings for everyone aged 5 years and older who is not yet fully vaccinated.

 

Children between 2 and 4 years

Children between 2 and 4 years old can wear a mask if they tolerate it well.

 

Children under 2 years

Children under 2 should not wear masks.

If someone cannot remove a mask on their own, they should not wear a mask.

Even in times when COVID-19 activity is low, some people who are fully vaccinated may choose to wear a mask, especially when:

  • they're at risk of severe disease or outcomes;
  • they are not aware of the vaccine status of others around them; or
  • maintaining proper physical distancing is difficult.

We encourage everyone who serves the public to wear a mask. This includes restaurant servers, retail and grocery store staff and hair stylists and barbers.

Businesses and organizations may choose to follow their own policies and guidelines that are stricter than this guidance.

Health care facilities and health care providers should continue with masking policies in accordance with recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Mask guidelines for travellers at Yukon airports are based on Canadian federal requirements and are the same throughout the airport terminal.

You must wear a mask when you’re in the restricted areas of an airport. Find out more about the federal requirements when you’re travelling by air.

We strongly recommend that you also wear a mask:  

  • in entrance ways;
  • at ticket counters;
  • in waiting areas before you go through security screening; and
  • in baggage areas.