Air passengers will be required to wear non-medical masks starting April 20

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Peter Zimonjic, Ashley Burke | April 17, 2020

Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced air passengers in Canada are now required to wear masks whenever they cannot physically maintain distance from others, or when directed to do so by a member of an airline staff or a public health official.

"If you need to travel, wearing a face covering is an additional measure you can take to protect others around you, especially in situations where physical distancing guidelines cannot be maintained," Garneau said in a statement. 

Passengers arriving in or departing from Canada will have to prove they have a non-medical mask or face-covering with them during the boarding process; if they cannot, they can be prevented from proceeding with their air travel plans.

The new guidelines also ask that people travelling on boats or ships, trains, or automotive vehicles voluntarily wear non-medical masks whenever physical distancing is not possible.

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