WorkSafeBC Home

Return to Search Results

COVID-19 health and safety: Selecting and using masks in non-health care settings

This information sheet outlines the limitations of masks as a protective measure, and describes how to select and use different types of masks including cloth masks, surgical masks, and disposable respirators.

Public health orders

On November 19, 2020, the provincial health officer (PHO) announced that the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General would be issuing a public safety order under the Emergency Program Act around mandatory use of masks. On November 24, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General issued an order requiring all British Columbians, 12 years of age and older, to wear masks in many indoor settings. Refer to mandatory masks for more information.

Additional resources and information about COVID-19 are also available.