The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer is now recommending residents wear face masks when going out in public.
The new recommendation comes after Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said masks could help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Wearing a mask isn’t so much to protect yourself as it is to protect people around you.
Homemade masks made with cotton and other materials are porous and likely won’t stop all virus-containing droplets but they’ll help prevent you spreading them further if you’re infected.
The OCPHO says that wearing a mask is an additional preventative measure and doesn’t replace the need to continue physical distancing, hand washing and cleaning of surfaces.
It also says that masks should be put on children under two-years old.
See the second page of the notice below for information on how to make your own mask.