Use of masks on campus

Note: information on this page is subject to change and is current only as of this date: January 25, 2022

NOTICE (updated)
Until further notice, the consumption of food or beverages is not permitted in classrooms, study spaces, labs, libraries, and other in-person learning environments. Note: consuming a beverage is permitted for a person who is delivering a presentation, lecture, or performing, and while maintaining 2m of physical distance from others. 
  

In accordance with the PHO Face-Covering (COVID-19) Order, and the Return to Campus Public Health Guidance, masks must be worn while inside an indoor public, worship, or post-secondary space, or present at an inside event, by anyone aged 5 and older, including students, faculty, staff and visitors. These spaces include:

  • common areas of buildings and on-campus housing, including elevators, lobbies, hallways, stairwells, bathrooms; and also libraries, retail outlets, theatres, museums and galleries.
  • common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity (please check CARSA website for current masking requirements).
  • coffee shops and restaurants, pubs and bars when not seated at a table.
  • classrooms and study spaces, including lecture theatres, teaching laboratories and other indoor instructional settings (e.g. art studios, shops, music and theatre facilities, etc.) Note: an instructor, student or visitor can choose to remove their mask while delivering a presentation or lecture, or performing, if they are able to maintain 2m physical distance from students and others in attendance.
  • vehicles supplied or contracted by the university for the transport of students, if more than one person is present in the vehicle.
  • inside places where faith community meets for the purpose of worship.
  • workplace areas, including meeting rooms, shared office areas, staff kitchens and break rooms, and research labs and facilities. Note: individuals can choose to remove their mask if they are able to maintain 2m physical distance from others when seated or at a workstation.

Units and supervisors, please post this mask sign at entrances to unit-managed spaces.

Download the classroom masking guidance.

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.  In public and most workplace settings, including classrooms, a proper fitting 3-layer non-medical mask can help reduce the spread of COVID19.

Exemptions (full list)

  • if unable to wear a face covering because of a psychological, behavioural or health condition; or a physical, cognitive or mental impairment
  • if unable to put on or remove a face covering without the assistance of another person
  • if the face covering is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it
  • while communicating with a person with a disability or diverse ability for whom visual cues, facial expressions, lip-reading or lip movements are essential (note: individuals may also consider the use of a transparent mask and such masks may be recommended for participation in ASL courses)
  • while delivering a presentation or lecture, or performing, if there is a distance of two metres or there is a WSBC compliant physical barrier, between the presenter/performer and other persons in attendance
  • to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask, for example while actively playing a wind instrument
  • if the student is behind a barrier separating the student from other persons, for example a divider or cubicle
  • if there is a physical barrier which blocks the transmission of droplets between the worker and other workers or visitors
  • while participating in exercise or sport organized by the university or at a fitness facility or sport facility operated by the university (please check CARSA website for current masking requirements)
  • while in a workplace area (e.g. meeting room, shared office area, research lab or facility) if there is a distance of two meters between individuals when seated or at a workstation, or they are separated by a barrier
  • if a student, faculty or staff member is in a room by themselves with no one else present (e.g. single occupancy office, small meeting room etc.)
  • while actively consuming food or drink (except in classrooms, study spaces, labs, libraries and other in-person learning environments - note: consuming a beverage is permitted for a person who is delivering a presentation, lecture, or performing, and while maintaining 2m of physical distance from others).

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.