Non-medical masks and face coverings: How to put on, remove and clean

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How to put on a non-medical mask or face covering

  1. Ensure the face covering is clean and dry.
  2. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before touching the mask.
    • If none is available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  3. Ensure your hair is away from your face.
  4. Place the face covering over your nose and mouth and secure to your head or ears with its ties or elastics.
    • Adjust if needed to ensure nose and mouth are fully covered.
  5. The mask should fit snugly to the cheeks and there should not be any gaps.
  6. Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer after adjusting your mask.

While wearing a non-medical mask or face covering, it is important to avoid touching your face. If you do touch your mask or face, you should immediately wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

Wearing a non-medical mask or face covering properly

How to remove a non-medical mask or face covering

  1. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
    • If none is available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  2. Remove the face covering by un-tying it or removing the loops from your ears.
    • Avoid touching the front of the mask when removing it.
  3. Store the face covering in a paper bag, envelope, or something that does not retain moisture if you will be wearing it again.
  4. After removing the face covering, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

Cleaning and disposing of non-medical masks and face coverings

Cloth masks or face coverings should be changed and cleaned if they become damp or soiled. You can wash your cloth mask by:

Non-medical masks that cannot be washed should be disposed of properly in a lined garbage bin, and replaced as soon as they get damp, soiled or crumpled. Do not leave discarded masks in shopping carts or on the ground where other people may come into contact with them.

It is important to remember the following when using non-medical masks and face coverings:

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