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The Ignite Guide to Masks

Mask Guide

by Laura Bickle

Masks are part of the new arsenal of items that can keep attendees safe. Here’s what you need to know to make sure they are used properly.

 

Sign of the Times

The International Association for Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) recommends that events post signage throughout the venue outlining its mask policy.

Details include who is expected to wear masks and under what conditions, where masks can be acquired if needed and proper mask usage, as well as social distancing and sanitization protocols.

 

MASKING: The Truth

The World Health Organization offers these best practices for mask-wearing:

  • Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap
  • and water.
  • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
  • To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol- based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand- cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

Source: World Health Organization: Key planning recommendations for mass gatherings in the context of COVID-19


orangefish.ca MaskWITTY WAYS

These Canadian-made non–medical up-cycled cotton hand-sewn masks add a cheeky, light- hearted tone to any situation. $21.95; orangefish.ca

 



Superior Events Disposible MasksTHE WORKHORSE

A stash of disposable masks for volunteers, staff and attendees who show up mask-less will be a must-have for the foreseeable future. These 3-layer non-medical face masks include a high-density filter layer. $0.67 each (based on an order of 2,000 masks); superiorevents.ca (actual product may vary from image)

 



Red Scarf MaskMASK WITH A MESSAGE

On the upside, masks provide another branding opportunity. With a metal nose frame and elastic straps with adjustable toggle, this reusable mask ensures a comfortable, proper fit. $4.80 (based on an order of 200-499); redscarfgiftco.com




Genumark.com MaskCOOL COMFORT

With a metal clip to reduce eyeglass fogging, a moisture wicking, breathable outer layer and filter pocket, this washable, Canadian-made custom- printed option checks all the boxes. $11.70 (based on an order of 150-999); genumark.com



Read more about event safety in Ignite's Special Safe Meetings Edition >

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