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Advisory: Medical masks still strongly recommended on CBHSSJB charter flights

October 25, 2022

Passengers taking CHB charter flights are recommended to wear a medical mask while travelling.


The Cree Board of Health still recommends that passengers taking CHB charter flights wear a medical mask during their travel, including when they’re onboard the plane.

  • The CHB charter is a key medical transportation service for many people with health risks (for example: transplant recipients, people with chronic medical conditions, cancer, etc).
  • This measure will help people with health risks stay safe while travelling from Eeyou Istchee to the South.
  • The recommendation also protects healthcare workers travelling to and from Eeyou Istchee to support CMC and hospital services.

People encouraged to follow masking recommendation


  • Transport Canada no longer requires medical masks be worn on commercial flights, effective since October 1, 2022.
  • Because of this, Air Creebec flight staff will no longer enforce the charter plane masking recommendation.
  • All people travelling on charter flights are encouraged to think of each other and follow the recommendation on their own.
Woman with glasses wearing medical mask
  • Wearing a medical mask that covers the nose and mouth snugly helps protect you and others against airborne transmission (the spread of virus droplets through the air).
  • When medical masks are worn to cover the nose and mouth snugly, they reduce the transmission of virus droplets between people, whether it’s COVID-19, the flu, or common cold.

Masking is an effective layer of protection against airborne transmission when people are indoors together.  

5 Things to Protect Each Other

COVID-19 tests help detect infections to take action and reduce transmission. Testing is an important layer of protection against the virus.

Antiviral treatment is available in Eeyou Istchee for people with COVID-19 who are at higher risk of severe disease and hospitalization.



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