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Medical masks were created to provide protection from droplets, splashes and sprays to the nose and mouth of the wearer. The outer side is fluid resistant, the middle layer provides filtration, and the inner layer is absorbent (for moisture from breathing, coughs, or sneezes). Medical masks also provide source control, containing the wearer’s own droplets inside the masks and thus protecting others.
Cloth masks can be considered for use for source control only. Cloth masks filter the expulsion of viral droplets from the wearer making them suitable for source control.
By stating that you or someone in your care qualifies for a medical, age-related, or religious exemption to the Order, you or the person in your care are no longer required to wear a face covering in the commercial setting. No proof of the exemption is necessary. Please be advised that businesses may have enacted policies which extend beyond the Order and refuse entry to any person not wearing a face covering. Such policies are not recommended by the health unit or Medical Officer of Health.
It is recommended to wash face coverings after each use. You can wash it with you regular laundry on the warmest water suitable for the material, and dry on the highest heat setting or air dry, including putting it in direct sunlight if possible.
Visit the Ministry of Health’s web page for more information on the cleaning of non-medical masks.
Face coverings do not have to be fancy or expensive but must cover the mouth, and nose and provides a barrier that limits the transmission of infectious respiratory droplets and can include:
The use of face coverings is recommended for the health and safety of all customers, patrons, employees or visitors, in situations where physical distancing (spatial separation of individuals by at least two metres) is difficult to maintain. However, there are settings not subject to the order, even if they would otherwise fall within the definition of a commercial establishment. For example, establishments that are or will be covered under separate provincial guidance, are covered by a regulatory college or ones that are multijurisdictional may not be included in the order.
A face covering is required when entering and while on the premises of any commercial establishment in Windsor and Essex County. The face covering must be worn in areas that are openly accessible to members of the public and that are used for the purposes of offering goods or services for sale to members of the public.
- Establishments may choose to have disposable masks available for the public, but it’s not a requirement, visitors of the establishments will be responsible for having their own mask.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada provides sew and no-sew instructions on their website explaining how to make your own masks with materials such as bandanas and t-shirts.
Yes, employees are also required to wear a face covering under the order.