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University of Regina to make masks/face coverings mandatory in shared, indoor spaces

News Release Release Date: August 14, 2020 12:00 a.m.

In consultation with our postsecondary partners at the University of Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the University of Regina announced earlier today that it will make the use of non-medical masks/face coverings mandatory in shared, public spaces on campuses where physical distancing is not possible. At the U of R, masks will be required in these common areas beginning Tuesday, September 1.

We are committed to reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection among our students, faculty and staff. Non-medical, disposable, or reusable cloth masks are effective at reducing droplet and aerosol transmission, especially when worn by asymptomatic, infected individuals. Modelling and experimental evidence shows that masks slow the spread of coronavirus.

Activity and foot traffic at the U of R are not expected to increase until the beginning of September when a limited number of low-density, in-person course components (labs/studios) are scheduled to begin. Between now and September 1, we strongly recommend the use of masks/face coverings while on campus and continue to ask people not to come to campus unless it is necessary to do so.

Additional information, including detailed instructions on recommended masks, where they will be required, and training on how to use them safely, will be shared with the University community next week.

The most up-to-date information about masks/face coverings is provided on the University website: https://www.uregina.ca/term-updates/health-safety/masks/index.html

 

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