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Upcoming changes to the University’s masking requirements

Updated on Apr 19
Tags: return to campus, all updates

Members of our University community,

It has been well over a month since the University resumed full, in-person operations and I would like to thank all students, faculty, and staff for everything you have done to ensure that the large-scale return to campus has taken place in a safe and respectful manner.

It is truly gratifying to see our campuses brimming with energy and activity once again.

In previous communications, we indicated that at the conclusion of the Winter 2022 term, further changes to our COVID-19 recovery plan would take place. On April 11, we lifted the mandatory proof of vaccination and testing requirements while continuing to maintain mandatory masking on campus. We had initially targeted May 1 to fully lift masking requirements; however, based on the latest scientific and public health indicators, and after consultation across the institution with Deans, the Health, Safety & Wellness team, and other senior leaders, it has been determined that a shift in our planned masking protocols is merited as well.

Effective May 1, the University’s indoor masking requirements will remain in place in classrooms, lab and studio spaces, and the University Library – spaces where larger groups are required to meet on a regular basis, generally for an extended period of time. Masks will remain mandatory in these spaces until May 31, at which time we will reassess based on the latest public health information.

Mask wearing will no longer be required in other indoor spaces as of May 1, but will continue to be encouraged and welcomed in all areas of our campuses, and we anticipate many will choose to continue using them. Additionally, masks will continue to be provided as needed on campus.

This transition in masking protocols is a measured and reasonable shift given a number of factors:

  • Our campus community’s high vaccination rates;
  • The ease and availability of rapid antigen testing;
  • The lower overall density of people on campus during the Spring/Summer term;
  • Improvements to air exchange systems and ongoing monitoring of ventilation, and;
  • Our demonstrated, collective commitment to keeping each other safe through measures such as handwashing/sanitizing and staying away from campus when experiencing symptoms.

As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, the University will continue to monitor and assess potential risks, and will adjust our practices as needed moving forward.

Our campuses remain safe, in large part thanks to all of you who have recognized your individual role and responsibility in protecting others to the extent possible. Staying home if you feel unwell, engaging in rapid testing, and following the Illness Flowchart if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or have tested positive for COVID are particularly helpful in maintaining safe practices, as is reporting an illness to the Health, Safety & Wellness team.

Additionally, we encourage those who will be on our campuses to continue demonstrating respect for others, and that includes their choices around masking. Looking out for each other has brought us this far. Let’s continue working together to ensure another safe and engaging Spring/Summer term at the University of Regina.

Yours sincerely,

Jeff Keshen
President and Vice-Chancellor