Masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. They act as a barrier and help stop the spread of droplets from a person’s mouth and nose when talking, laughing, yelling, singing, coughing, or sneezing. Wearing a mask should be combined with other important protective measures such as frequent hand washing and physical distancing. A mask is not enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on its own.
- Even if you are wearing a mask it is important to practice physical distancing.
- You can take off your mask to eat or drink.
- You are not required to wear a mask if you cannot tolerate it.
- Learn more about
masks on the BCCDC website.
- Students should be taught how to properly wear a mask.
- Learn how to properly wear a mask
Mask recommendations have been updated to reflect what we have learned in B.C., as well as evidence from Canada and internationally. We now know that masks provide some protection to both the wearer and those around them, and they can be safely worn by children. The use of masks in schools now better reflects their use in other community and workplace settings across the province.