Air passengers in Canada will be required to wear non-medical masks

The new policy begins Monday and failure to comply could result in being denied travel

Starting noon on Monday, air passengers in Canada could risk not being allowed to travel if they fail to wear a non-medical mask or a face covering that goes over their mouth and nose.

In a statement, Transport Canada said it will be required that anyone travelling through an airport or on an airplane wear a mask. This will include when going through screening checkpoints where screeners cannot keep two metres apart between themselves and the traveller.

For travellers looking to depart from, or arrive in Canada, the wearing of a non-medical mask or a face covering will be mandatory during the boarding process or they will not be allowed to travel.

“Children under two years of age and those with underlying medical conditions may not be able to wear a non-medical mask or face covering, and there are times when travellers will need to show their face for safety or security reasons such as during identity verification check before boarding a plane, or at Canada customs when entering the country,” said the agency in a statement. 

Transport Canada is urging anyone travelling on busses, by rail or on ferries, to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. For now, this is a request and not mandatory. Transport Canada said it’s a “strongly encouraged” health measure to help prevent respiratory droplets from being spread to others around you or contaminating surfaces.