FAQ

Under the PHO are non-medical / cloth masks safe to use?

Yes they are safe to use.  

A mask or face covering can be homemade or purchased, and should

  • be made of at least 3 layers 
  • 2 layers should be tightly woven material fabric, such as cotton or linen 
    the third (middle) layer should be a filter-type fabric, such as non-woven polypropylene fabric 
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose, mouth and chin without gaping 
  • allow for easy breathing 
  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops 
  • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustments 
  • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty 
  • maintain its shape after washing and drying 

Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks/about-non-medical-masks-face-coverings.html#a2