Albertans are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public when it's difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.
Wearing a homemade or non-medical mask in public is another tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It hasn’t been proven that masks protect the person wearing it, but it can help protect people from being exposed to your germs.
Masks should complement – not replace – other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and stay home when sick.
When to use a mask
When it’s difficult to maintain 2 metres distance from people for a prolonged period of time:
public transit and airplanes
grocery stores and pharmacies
hair salons and barbershops
some retail stores
Masks are mandatory for Grade 4 to 12 students and all school staff, as part of the school re-entry plan
When mask use is mandatory by municipal bylaw, check your local community for details
When not to use a mask
If it’s dirty or damaged in any way
If it gaps or doesn’t fit well
If it’s been used by another person
Children under 2 years of age
Anyone that has trouble breathing
When you are only with people from your own household