Defence Team members – measures for returning to the workplace

July 23, 2020 – Defence Stories

Many different types of masks can offer effective protection to staff members.
Many different types of masks can offer effective protection to staff members.

With COVID-19 still active in many communities, Canadians at home and abroad are asked to continue practicing the recommended Personal Health Measures (PHM) and wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), especially when physical distancing is not possible.

For Defence Team members returning to the workplace, it may be challenging to complete all tasks and duties from a distance of more than two meters (six feet) from colleagues. To ensure the health and safety of all Defence Team members, all staff who cannot practice proper physical distancing while working on-site are required to wear a DND/CAF-issued non-medical mask (NMM).


Many different types of masks can offer effective protection to staff members. When worn properly, a person wearing a NMM or face covering can reduce the spread of their own infectious respiratory droplets.

Masks typically worn by health care providers such as medical/surgical masks or respirators (such as N95) are not required for everyone. NMM are also effective in preventing spread of the virus.

Non-medical masks or face coverings should:

Non-medical masks or face coverings should not:

Note: Local public health officials will make recommendations based on a number of factors, including the rates of infection and/or transmission in the community. Recommendations may vary from location to location.

Other measures

Wearing a mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is important to consistently and strictly adhere to good hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand washing and physical (social) distancing.

Defence Team members have also been directed to follow all other measures put in place by the Department to protect health and safety, including:

For information on how to properly wear your mask including the do’s and don’ts, please visit the following links:

Related links:

Other resources:

For more information on Business Resumption, reach out to your supervisor, Chain of Command, or check out the following resources on the Defence Team – COVID-19 page:

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