Mandatory Mask Requirements

Albertans are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public places or if they have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Masks should complement – not replace – other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing and good hand hygiene and stay home when sick.

Masks are mandatory in following places:

  • Indoor public spaces

  • Indoor work spaces

  • Places of worship

  • K-12 schools when required

  • When you might come within 2 metres of people from outside your household

How to use a Medical Mask


  • Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water before touching the mask
  • Check the mask for any tears or holes
  • Find the top side where the metal piece or stiff edge is
  • Ensure that the colored side faces outwards
  • Place the metal piece/stiff edge over your nose
  • Cover your mouth, nose, and chin.
  • Adjust the mask without leaving gaps on the side
  • Avoid touching the mask
  • Use the straps to remove the mask
  • Keep the mask away from you or any surface when removing it
  • Discard the mask immediately after use, preferably into a closed bin
  • Wash your hands after
Source: World Health Organization 


  • Don't use a ripped or damp mask 
  • Do not wear the mask only over mouth or nose (both must be covered) 
  • Do not wear a loose mask 
  • Do not touch the front of the mask 
  • Do not do other things that will require touching the mask 
  • Do not leave used mask within the reach of others 
  • Do not re-use the mask 
Source: World Health Organization 

After using a disposable mask, 

please always make sure to properly dispose of the item to avoid another individual being exposed to your mask.

Please consult the Provincial website for more information.