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Updated Guidelines for Mask Use on Campus

Updated on Nov 6
Tags: health and safety, all updates

In alignment with the new provincial guidelines as outlined by the Chief Medical Health Officer, the University is tightening some of our campus guidelines around the use of non-medical masks and face coverings.

  • Effective immediately, all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors on all University of Regina campuses are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. This expectation applies to all common spaces including hallways, lobbies, libraries, classrooms, laboratories, shared office spaces, elevators, recreation facilities, and washrooms.
  • Students living in residence must wear a face mask in all common areas outside of their private living spaces. Masks are also required for those engaging in indoor physical activity or exercise.
  • Masks are not required outdoors except in situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained. The only other exceptions to mandatory mask usage are children under the age of two, those with legitimate, documented, medical or physical issues that prevent them from wearing masks, and private, walled office spaces (exceptions do not apply to cubicles in shared spaces due to the multiple configurations of these environments). Masks may only be removed for the purposes of eating or drinking.
  • Mask use will be subject to the health and safety requirements for specific classrooms or labs due to the nature of the work, handling of hazardous/infectious materials, or other site-specific safety requirements. Appropriate mask use in these scenarios must be reviewed as part of a risk assessment by the lab supervisor/manager
  • Of particular importance, masks and face coverings must be worn properly. Masks worn under the nose or chin, or around the neck, do not protect against the potential transmission of disease.

The University of Regina is committed to taking every action possible to protect the health and safety of our campus community. Wearing disposable or reusable cloth masks is proven to be 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 the virus that causes COVID-19. For more information, please see Mandatory mask policy protects campus community as COVID-19 cases rise.

Sincerely,

Dave Button, Vice-President (Administration)