Wearing a mask

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What are the benefits of wearing a mask?

Wearing a mask helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and helps protect people who are around you.

Scientific evidence shows that wearing masks helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Since some people who are infected with COVID-19 may not know they have the virus, wearing a mask or face covering protects them from spreading the virus to you and to the people around you. Your mask protects them.

For more information about the public health benefits of wearing masks, where to find them, and instructions on their use, visit Ottawa Public Health

​​​​​​​Where am I required to wear masks?

You are required to wear a mask in the following settings:

  • Public transit (buses, trains, platforms, stations and shelters)
  • Hospitals and independent health facilities