Siksika Nation Chief & Council passed a motion on July 23 which requires face masks to be worn in all Siksika Nation-owned buildings, beginning Aug. 1, 2020.

It is important to note that wearing a mask or face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing and good hand hygiene.?The most important steps you can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are to WASH YOUR HANDS, STAY HOME (especially when sick), and KEEP 2 METRES AWAY from others when out for essential supplies.

Wearing Masks:

  • Masks do cover the mouth and nose and may help protect others, especially if you are sick.
  • Masks prevent respiratory droplets from contaminating people and surfaces around you.
  • Masks can also reduce spread from those infected with the virus but do not know it.
  • Masks may help when in places where you cannot physically distance from others.

Guidance for Mask Use:

  • Continue to practice physical distancing and hand washing, even while wearing a mask.
  • Before and after using a mask, wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol.
  • Ensure your hair is away from your face when wearing a mask. A face mask can be safely worn by someone with facial hair.
  • Check the mask for damage before use. If it is damaged, do not use the mask?- discard it and replace with a mask that is not damaged.
  • Ensure the mask fully covers from above the nose to below the chin.
  • Refrain from touching your face while using a mask or face covering.
  • It is important to not share face masks with other people.
  • When wearing a mask, please note that it can become a source of infection when damp or wet. Disposable masks should be discarded after each use. Assume that any mask is contaminated after you wear it.
  • If a mask is single use (disposable), dispose of it in a lined garbage bin after use.
  • If a mask is reusable, place it in a clean plastic bag after use, and clean it thoroughly before reusing.
  • Wash reusable masks using a hot cycle in the wash machine, and then dry it thoroughly.
  • Do not embroider or add beadwork to a mask, as this will poke large holes in the cloth.

Exceptions to Mandatory Masking:

Beginning August 1, 2020, masks are required in all Siksika Nation-owned buildings/facilities. Exceptions include:

  • When eating, provided physical distancing, hand hygiene and sanitation of surfaces is maintained.
  • When alone in an office or workspace that is NOT shared, and where physical distancing, hand hygiene and sanitization of surfaces is maintained.
  • Young children under two years of age.
  • People with underlying medical conditions or disabilities inhibiting their ability to wear a face covering.
  • People who are unable to place, use, or remove a face covering safely without assistance.
  • People engaging in an athletic or fitness activity.
  • In circumstances where a mask detrimentally interferes with an activity or service (for example, lip reading or dentist visit).