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Masks, particularly well-fitting, high-quality masks such as N95s or KN95s, remain an important tool in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19. Masks are especially important for people in the following groups and their close contacts:

  • 65 years and older
  • with certain underlying health conditions that put them at increased risk for severe disease
  • immunocompromised
  • unvaccinated
  • feeling sick

Children under age 2 years should not wear masks.

Masks are recommended in indoor public spaces and especially in:

  • Healthcare and medical facilities, including hospitals, outpatient, dental facilities, and pharmacies
  • Long-term care settings


Private businesses, employers, organizations, schools, and childcares may still choose to have their own mask requirements, even after the government requirement for masks is lifted. These posters can be used by establishments who choose to set their own mask policy.