Wearing a mask during COVID-19

Masks are 1 of many tools we use to protect ourselves, our social group and our community against the risk of COVID-19 transmission. For the best protection, you can:

  • wear a mask;
  • get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • stay home when you're sick;
  • physically distance; and
  • wash your hands frequently.

Where you need to wear a mask

You need to wear a mask in places such as:

  • long-term care homes;
  • health facilities;
  • shelters;
  • group homes;
  • the correctional centre; and
  • hospitals.

Wearing a mask at an airport

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

Find out more about the federal requirements when you’re travelling by air.

Where you might be asked to wear a mask

Business and organizations can ask you to wear a mask in their spaces.

What's a non-medical mask?

A non-medical mask is any mask that's homemade or commercially made and is not regulated for medical use.

Well-designed and well-fitting masks can prevent the spread of infectious respiratory droplets that people spread when they're breathing, talking, laughing, singing, yelling, coughing or sneezing .

A non-medical mask should be:

  • large enough to completely and comfortably cover your nose, mouth and chin without gaping;
  • allow for easy breathing;
  • fit securely to your head with ties or ear loops (consider adjustable masks);
  • changed as soon as possible if it gets damp or dirty; and
  • comfortable.

A non-medical mask should be made of 3 layers of fabric, including 2 layers of tightly-woven fabric, with a filter or filter fabric between layers. A filter should be used in any 2-layer mask that has a pocket for a filter.

What is not a mask?

  • a face shield
  • a balaclava
  • a bandana
  • a hijab
  • a neck gaiter
  • a niqab
  • a scarf or other similar face covering

Why a face shield is not the same as a mask

A face shield does not replace a mask. People wear a face shield to protect their eyes and often wear it with a mask as well. It does not protect:

  • you from potentially inhaling infectious respiratory droplets other people exhale; or
  • others from your infectious respiratory droplets, as they can escape around the face shield.

For people who are unable to wear a mask a face shield is an alternative to no mask. Use a face shield that wraps around your face and extends below your chin.

How to use a mask

When you're wearing a mask, try not to touch it. If you do touch your mask or face, make sure you immediately wash your hands.

Remove and change your mask if it becomes damp or soiled. Clean and change your mask often. Breakdown of the material, holes and damage to cloth masks will further reduce their protective benefits.

Never share a mask.

How to put on your 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 per cent 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.

How to remove your mask or face covering

You should remove and change your mask or face covering if it becomes damp or soiled. Clean and change homemade or cloth masks often. 

  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.

How to clean your mask

  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.

Where to get a mask

Several stores in the Yukon sell non-medical reusable or disposable masks. You can also order masks from online stores.

How to make your own cloth mask

Get information about homemade, non-medical masks from the Government of Canada.

Find more information

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