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Transport Canada Offers Guidance on Using Face Masks


While there is still no solid consensus on whether or not face masks are an effective prevention tool against the spread of coronavirus, most experts say it's better to err on the side of caution and wear a mask when working in close proximity to others. However, just putting an old t-shirt over your head is not the correct approach, and incorrectly constructed or worn masks may provide a false sense of security.

On April 15, 2020, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) announced that all essential workers crossing the Canada-US border – including truck drivers – must wear a non-medical mask or face covering. PHAC has directed Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) to implement the policy and to provide drivers with a mask should they not have one.

Transport Canada is providing some guidance on how to make a suitable mask, how to handle and dispose of it after use and on where and when masks should be worn.  

Above all, the best advice on preventing the spread of COVID-19 is to wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If none is available, use hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol base.

You can find the two guidance sheets here:

About non-medical masks and face coverings

Considerations Relating to the Use of Face Coverings by Commercial Vehicle Drivers and Motor Carrier, and Intercommunity Bus Passengers