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Should we wear cloth masks and face coverings in the retail setting?

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On May 6, the Province of Ontario announced that a number of retail locations can open to the public. As restrictions within the retail setting begin to ease and physical distancing becomes more of a challenge, the Medical Officer of Health for Grey Bruce is recommending:

  • Retail employees wear cloth masks or other non-medical face coverings
  • Patrons at retail settings wear cloth masks or other non-medical face coverings

When worn properly, masks or face coverings can reduce the spread of infectious respiratory droplets. This measure can be useful for short periods of time, when physical distancing is not possible in public settings, such as when grocery shopping. Wearing a cloth mask or other non-medical face covering is an additional measure and not a substitute for physical distancing and hand washing.

Non-medical face masks or face coverings should:

  • allow for easy breathing
  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
  • maintain their shape after washing and drying
  • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty
  • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment
  • be made of at least two layers of tightly woven material fabric
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth
Disposable masks must be disposed of in a lined waste receptacle – DO NOT LITTER


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Updated March 12, 2020.

Your comments

Geoff Bowes commented on 13-May-2020 08:28 PM
Glad that the Medical Officer for Grey Bruce is recommending masks. On a recent trip to Foodland, I saw NO masks on anyone, and a lot of shoppers disregarding the arrows on the floor, making the 6 foot distance a joke, and especially - making me worry for all my friends working at the checkout.
June Blake commented on 14-May-2020 08:18 AM
I have made extra nonmedical cotton masks. $3. Per mask available now!
519-986-2530 June Blake

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