Changes in mask regulations for Canadian air travel

Effective masks and face coverings are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Information about the measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 is constantly evolving, including about what the most effective type of face coverings are.

In September, Transport Canada advised aircraft operators to prohibit the use of a number of types of face coverings, based on evidence of their ineffectiveness.

The face coverings that Transport Canada regulations do not allow includes:

  • Masks with exhalation valves, also known as “vented masks”;
  • Bandanas and neck gaiters;
  • Militaristic masks such as gas masks; and
  • Face coverings that cover the entire face.

Acceptable face masks are those that cover the nose and mouth and are properly secured to the head, which include but are not limited to disposable face masks; and reusable cloth face masks (including homemade masks) provided that it is made of a least two tightly woven layers of fabric, covers the nose and mouth and can be secured to a person’s head.

Passengers are reminded that a clear face shield is not sufficient as a face covering if worn on its own. Clear face shields must be combined with face covering that covers the nose and mouth.

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