This information is not intended for medical use. The goal of this web page is to share knowledge about effective construction and tutorials for the general public about creating personal safety protection, such as cloth masks and ear guards.
Should you wear a mask?
As of July 13, 2020 the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit mandated the requirement of face coverings in all indoor publicly accessible spaces (businesses, organizations and public transit systems) in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. Learn more.
Health Canada is advising the public, as well as healthcare professionals on important considerations for the use of homemade masks to protect against the transmission of COVID-19. Wearing a facial covering/non-medical mask in the community has not been proven to protect the person wearing it and is not a substitute for physical distancing and hand washing. However, it can be an additional measure you can take to protect others around you, even if you have no symptoms. It can be useful for short periods of time, when physical distancing is not possible in public settings such as when grocery shopping or using public transit.
How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings
Cloth face coverings should—
• fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
• be secured with ties or ear loops
• include multiple layers of fabric
• allow for breathing without restriction
• be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or
change to shape
hackLAB Helps: Accordion Style Mask
Do you miss designing in the hackLAB? Join our Library programmer, Rachel, for an online tutorial about how to sew your own accordion style mask.
hackLAB Helps: 3D Hand Helper
Join our hackLAB programmer, Rachel, for an online tutorial about creating your own 3D hand helper using TinkerCAD.
hackLAB Helps: D.I.Y. Oslon Masks
Join our hackLAB programmer, Rachel, for an online tutorial about sewing your own cloth mask! Printable patterns can be found here https://bit.ly/3eD8pVD
hackLAB Helps: D.I.Y. No Sew Masks
Join our hackLAB programmer, Laura, for an online tutorial about creating your own no sew cloth masks!
hackLAB Helps: D.I.Y. Ear Protectors for Face Masks
Join our hackLAB programmer, Sarah, for an online tutorial about printing ear protectors for PPE using the Cricut! Link to the ear protector file can be found here.