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Wearing a mask in Yukon during COVID-19

The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is through preventative measures, such as physical distancing and frequent hand washing.

If you're healthy or sick, wearing a non-medical mask is another thing you can do to help protect others around you.

What is a non-medical mask?

A non-medical mask is any mask that may be homemade or commercially made. The mask is not regulated for medical use.

Where you have to wear a mask in Yukon

You must wear a mask in a Yukon airport building or terminal.

You may also be asked to wear a mask in a:

  • health centre;
  • hospital;
  • long-term care facility; 
  • schools; and
  • grocery stores.

Wearing a mask in a business

Some businesses in Yukon require customers to wear masks. Be prepared to comply with their policy. 

Where we recommend you wear a mask

The Chief Medical Officer of Health recommends wearing a mask:

  • on public transit;
  • for children 10 years of age and older when they cannot stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people, such as on a bus; and
  • for anyone in a situation where they cannot stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people
Wearing and removing your mask or face covering

How to put on your non-medical mask or face covering

  1. Wash your hands:
    • in soap and water for at least 20 seconds; or
    • with a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  2. Inspect the mask and make sure it's clean and dry.
  3. Make sure your hair is away from your face.
  4. Place the mask or face covering over your nose and mouth and secure it to your head or ears with ties or elastic loops.
  5. Wash your hands.

While wearing a mask, it's important that you try not to touch the mask. If you do touch your mask or face, make sure you immediately wash your hands.

How to remove your non-medical mask or face covering

You should remove and change your mask or face covering if it becomes damp or soiled. Homemade or cloth masks should be cleaned and changed often. Breakdown of the material, holes and damage to cloth masks will further reduce their protective benefits.

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. If you're disposing of your mask, put it in a wastebasket lined with a plastic bag.
  3. If you plan to reuse your mask, remove the mask and put in the washing machine. You can also put the mask in a paper bag if you do not have immediate access to a washing machine.
  4. Wash your hands.

Watch a video tutorial from the World Health Organization (WHO)

If you're sick

People who are sick with symptoms of respiratory infection should stay at home. Sick people can wear masks to help stop the spread of disease to other people. The mask acts as a barrier and can help stop tiny droplets from spreading when you cough, sneeze and speak. A mask does not replace the need for physical distancing and hand washing.

The World Health Organization recommends that a person with symptoms that could be COVID-19:

  • wear a medical mask;
  • self-isolate; and
  • seek medical advice.
If you're healthy

If you're healthy, wearing a non-medical mask or face covering (such as a cloth mask) is a personal choice. It can help protect others.

Some people infected with COVID-19 may have very mild symptoms. Or, at times, no symptoms at all, but they may be able to spread COVID-19. A non-medical mask can help to protect others by containing droplets made when you sneeze, cough and speak.

A cloth mask will not necessarily protect you from COVID-19. But, it's a good option when you cannot maintain physical distance.

If you choose to wear a mask

A non-medical mask or face covering should:

  • allow for easy breathing;
  • fit securely to your head with ties or ear loops;
  • maintain its shape after washing and drying;
  • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty;
  • be comfortable;
  • be made of at least 2 layers of tightly woven material fabric, such as cotton or linen (do not use plastic or other non-breathable material); and
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover your nose and mouth without gaping.
Children and masks or face coverings

Do not put a mask or any other covering, including face shields, visors and eye protection, on children younger than 2 years of age. A baby's airway is small and the mask will make if difficult for them to breathe. If these items come off, they’re at risk of being a choking hazard.

How to clean your homemade mask or face covering
  1. Wash it according to the directions of the original material; warmer water is better.
  2. Dry it completely, if possible, in a dryer and on a warm or hot setting.
  3. In order to minimize the spread of germs and particles, do not shake dirty masks.
Find more information

These trusted organizations provide accurate information about masks and face coverings.

How to make your own cloth mask

Download patterns from the Government of Canada.

Hand hygiene

Download our hand washing sign to put up in your workplace or in your home.

Physical distancing

Download our physical distancing posters to put up in your workplace or your home.

A non-medical mask is any mask that may be homemade or commercially made. The mask is not regulated for medical use.

You must wear a mask in a Yukon airport building or terminal.

You may also be asked to wear a mask in a:

  • health centre;
  • hospital;
  • long-term care facility; 
  • schools; and
  • grocery stores.

Wearing a mask in a business

Some businesses in Yukon require customers to wear masks. Be prepared to comply with their policy. 

Where we recommend you wear a mask

The Chief Medical Officer of Health recommends wearing a mask:

  • on public transit;
  • for children 10 years of age and older when they cannot stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people, such as on a bus; and
  • for anyone in a situation where they cannot stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people

How to put on your non-medical mask or face covering

  1. Wash your hands:
    • in soap and water for at least 20 seconds; or
    • with a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  2. Inspect the mask and make sure it's clean and dry.
  3. Make sure your hair is away from your face.
  4. Place the mask or face covering over your nose and mouth and secure it to your head or ears with ties or elastic loops.
  5. Wash your hands.

While wearing a mask, it's important that you try not to touch the mask. If you do touch your mask or face, make sure you immediately wash your hands.

How to remove your non-medical mask or face covering

You should remove and change your mask or face covering if it becomes damp or soiled. Homemade or cloth masks should be cleaned and changed often. Breakdown of the material, holes and damage to cloth masks will further reduce their protective benefits.

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. If you're disposing of your mask, put it in a wastebasket lined with a plastic bag.
  3. If you plan to reuse your mask, remove the mask and put in the washing machine. You can also put the mask in a paper bag if you do not have immediate access to a washing machine.
  4. Wash your hands.

Watch a video tutorial from the World Health Organization (WHO)

People who are sick with symptoms of respiratory infection should stay at home. Sick people can wear masks to help stop the spread of disease to other people. The mask acts as a barrier and can help stop tiny droplets from spreading when you cough, sneeze and speak. A mask does not replace the need for physical distancing and hand washing.

The World Health Organization recommends that a person with symptoms that could be COVID-19:

  • wear a medical mask;
  • self-isolate; and
  • seek medical advice.

If you're healthy, wearing a non-medical mask or face covering (such as a cloth mask) is a personal choice. It can help protect others.

Some people infected with COVID-19 may have very mild symptoms. Or, at times, no symptoms at all, but they may be able to spread COVID-19. A non-medical mask can help to protect others by containing droplets made when you sneeze, cough and speak.

A cloth mask will not necessarily protect you from COVID-19. But, it's a good option when you cannot maintain physical distance.

A non-medical mask or face covering should:

  • allow for easy breathing;
  • fit securely to your head with ties or ear loops;
  • maintain its shape after washing and drying;
  • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty;
  • be comfortable;
  • be made of at least 2 layers of tightly woven material fabric, such as cotton or linen (do not use plastic or other non-breathable material); and
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover your nose and mouth without gaping.

Do not put a mask or any other covering, including face shields, visors and eye protection, on children younger than 2 years of age. A baby's airway is small and the mask will make if difficult for them to breathe. If these items come off, they’re at risk of being a choking hazard.

  1. Wash it according to the directions of the original material; warmer water is better.
  2. Dry it completely, if possible, in a dryer and on a warm or hot setting.
  3. In order to minimize the spread of germs and particles, do not shake dirty masks.

These trusted organizations provide accurate information about masks and face coverings.

How to make your own cloth mask

Download patterns from the Government of Canada.

Hand hygiene

Download our hand washing sign to put up in your workplace or in your home.

Physical distancing

Download our physical distancing posters to put up in your workplace or your home.