Indoor Mandatory Masking Requirements
COVID-19 can be transmitted by people who have symptoms, and by people who are infectious but not symptomatic, in the two days before symptoms develop.
Health officials strongly recommend wearing a non-medical mask in the community, even if you have no symptoms. It is an additional measure you can take to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
Masks should be worn when you are in an area where people outside your immediate household are present. Non-medical or cloth masks are important in situations, community settings, and all indoor public places where physical distancing is not possible or is unpredictable.
Wearing a mask in public can be considered an additional line of defense, but does not replace the need for other public health measures that are proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Stay home as much as possible, especially if you are sick.
- Practice physical distancing (maintain a minimum of two metres between yourself and others who are not from your household).
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or sanitize your hands with alcohol-based sanitizer for 20 seconds if you have no immediate access to soap and running water.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your elbow.
Wearing a mask reduces community transmission of the COVID-19 virus. High levels of mask usage in other jurisdictions have been associated with reductions in COVID-19 cases.
Many respiratory viruses peak in fall and winter when people spend more time indoors in close contact. In Canada and Saskatchewan, we are already seeing more COVID-19 infections during the fall and winter months.
It is important to note that masks are recommended for outdoor areas as well if two-metre physical distancing cannot be maintained or is unpredictable.