Use of masks on campus

This page was updated on: March 11, 2022

Effective March 11, 2022, the Provincial Health Officer repealed the Face Coverings (COVID-19) Order. 

Masks are no longer required in indoor public spaces. Wearing a mask is now a matter of personal choice. On campus, UVic strongly encourages the use of masks, particularly in indoor spaces where people are in close proximity or if you feel more comfortable to do so.   

Some areas on campus are required to continue following sector-specific guidelines mandating the use of masks indoors, including healthcare locations. These areas will still require masks to be worn and signage will remain in place reflecting this requirement. 

Mask signage in other areas on campus has been updated to state masks are encouraged. 

Mask Recommendation

The BC CDC and Health Canada recommend a mask that is comfortable, fits well with no gaps around the face, and can be worn consistently for long periods.  

It is important to understand how to use a non-medical mask, and their limitations as a protective measure (see resources below). Note that a face shield is not a substitute for a mask as it has an opening below the mouth.