Public Health strongly recommends residents continue to wear a mask
Niagara Region Public Health strongly recommends residents wear a mask in indoor spaces as well as in crowded outdoor spaces.
Public Health reported more COVID-19 deaths in August 2022 than any other month since February 2021. This makes August 2022 one of the most deadliest pandemic months in Niagara.
As we head into the fall, the risk from COVID-19 is increasing. During times of high infection risk and resurgence of COVID-19, everyone who is able to wear a mask is advised to do so to protect each other, particularly those who may have medical risk factors.
After vaccination, masks are the best protection we have against COVID-19. A recent study shows the effectiveness of face masks and that people who reported always wearing a mask in indoor public settings were less likely to test positive for COVID-19 than people who didn't.
Masks help protect not only the wearer but those around them by:
The higher the mask quality, the better protection against COVID-19. Learn about the qualities of a good mask.
Also, per federal travel regulations, if an unvaccinated or partially vaccinated child age five to 11 is returning from international travel; that child must wear a mask for 14 days (including in schools and child care) after arrival in Canada.
Per provincial guidance, masks should be worn:
Some businesses, organizations and health care settings may choose to continue masking policies as part of their ongoing operations. You will need to follow their masking policy.
Public Health supports masking policies since they prevent staffing disruptions, and keep workers and clients safe. Workplaces and businesses can learn more about masking policies and other ways to manage COVID-19.
Making sure your mask fits properly is important so it can provide the best protection against COVID-19. No matter which type of mask you are using, proper fit is a key factor in its effectiveness. Learn how to make your mask fit properly.
There are also important things to remember while handling and wearing masks. These include to:
Learn more about how to choose, use and care for a mask.
Watch this video on how to store a reusable mask.