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  • Writer's pictureRhonda Massad

Compulsory non-medical masks when travelling through Canada

All passengers traveling through Canadian airports must as of April 20, at 12:00 p.m. wear a non-medial mask of face covering at airport screening checkpoints, at the boarding and during the flight if social distancing of 2 meters is not possible or on request of the carrier. If you cannot wear a face covering for medical or health reasons, please let the screening officers know before going through the checkpoint.

“Canadians should continue to follow public health advice and stay at home if possible," said Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau. "However, if you need to travel, wearing a face covering is an additional measure you can take to protect others around you, especially in situations where physical distancing guidelines cannot be maintained. Transport Canada will continue to ensure various transportation systems adapt to the most effective, preventive measures to protect Canadians.”

Aviation passengers on all flights departing or arriving at Canadian airports will also be required to demonstrate they have the necessary non-medical mask or face covering during the boarding process otherwise they will not be allowed to continue on their journey. Passengers should follow the current Public Health Agency of Canada’s guidance on face coverings.

Passengers travelling by rail or motor carrier/bus modes of transportation are also strongly encouraged to wear non-medical masks or face coverings as much as possible. Passengers may be asked by the transportation operator to cover their noses and mouths when physical distancing is not possible.

Non-medical face masks or face coverings should:

  • be made of at least 2 layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen)

  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping

  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops

  • allow for easy breathing

  • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment

  • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty

  • maintain their shape after washing and drying

Click here for more information for the instructions for making a sew and no-sew cloth face covering.

Click here to learn more about Government of Canada requirements.

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