Masks and Face Coverings
Wearing a mask over your mouth and nose is one way to reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 or other viruses that are spreading in our community. Masking can also prevent you from passing a virus to others, even if you don't know that you're sick.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit strongly recommends that you wear a mask in all indoor public settings, including in schools and in childcare settings.
Face masks are no longer required in most settings across Ontario, including public transit. Masks will still be required in long-term care and retirement homes and are recommended in higher-risk congregate living settings, such as shelters and group homes. NOTE: Organizations may choose to implement their own masking policies. Learn more →
Masks are still required in all indoor public settings in the scenarios listed below.
|Scenario||When wearing a mask is mandatory|
|Following international travel||14 days after arriving in Canada|
|A member of your household has COVID-19||10 days after the date you were last exposed to the COVID-19 case|
|You are a close contact of a non-household member with COVID-19||10 days after the date you were last exposed to the COVID-19 case|
|You previously tested positive for COVID-19 or had COVID-19 symptoms||10 days after your symptoms started or you tested positive (whichever occurred earlier)|
Face masks continue to be required at all Middlesex-London Health Unit clinical spaces and classes as well as during home visits
Although the Province’s masking requirement for certain indoor settings has expired, the wearing of face masks will continue to be required in all Middlesex-London Health Unit clinical spaces and classes as well as during home visits.
As an agency providing healthcare services, the Health Unit will continue to require that face masks be worn by anyone who attends our clinics and classes, including COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the community, and home visits that happen as part of our public health programming. In these settings, the Health Unit will ask that people wear a medical grade mask. Medical grade masks will be provided if the individual does not have one of their own.
A face covering can be a non-medical mask, medical mask, or a respirator. To learn more, visit www.canada.ca.
In general, while non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, medical masks and respirators provide better protection. No matter which type of mask you choose, proper fit is a key factor in its effectiveness.
NOTE: Face shields do not replace face coverings. Face shields may provide an additional layer of protection, but they should not be used in place of face coverings.
It is important to properly wear, fit, remove, and clean or discard your non-medical mask or face covering. To learn how, visit www.canada.ca.
Last modified on: November 15, 2022