Situations where mask wearing is recommended

Last Updated: 19 Dec 2021 1:23pm

Masks help reduce the possibility of someone being infected with COVID-19 when coming into contact with airborne infectious respiratory droplets that may be spread when an infected person speaks, laughs, sings, shouts, coughs or sneezes.

When there is an increased risk of community transmission, it’s a good idea to protect yourself and others by wearing a fitted face mask in certain circumstances even when it’s not mandatory to wear one, for example when walking down the street in a busy shopping area.

While masks are mandated in many places, including most indoor settings, the voluntary wearing of face masks can offer additional protection against transmission to individuals and the community even when not mandated.

Many people with COVID-19 experience very mild symptoms and may not be aware that they are sick and infectious. Face masks considerably reduce the risk of transmission to others. Face masks also reduce your risk of getting COVID-19 when in contact with an infected person in a community setting.

Even if you have been vaccinated, wearing a mask will help to protect you and the broader community, including those who are unable to get vaccinated, such as young children.

You can choose to wear a mask even in situations where it is not mandated by public health orders. Face masks protect you and the broader community, including those who are unable to get vaccinated, such as young children. That is why it is important to wear a face mask, along with following COVID-19 safe behaviours.