The University of British Columbia says it is implementing a mandatory mask policy in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
Effective Wednesday, Sept.16, UBC students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear non-medical masks, when indoors on its campuses.
In a bulletin, the university says that, "The requirement to wear non-medical masks indoors recognizes that transmission is reduced when face masks are worn in conjunction with physical distancing and other safety practices."
The requirement for the use of non-medical masks applies to shared indoor spaces within UBC buildings, such as hallways, stairways, building entryways, washrooms and study spaces, classrooms, common areas in residences and other high-traffic areas.
Further details regarding this policy and its implementation will be posted online in the week commencing Sept. 14.
Exceptions will be provided for people with underlying medical conditions that inhibit their ability to wear masks. Masks may also be removed when taking part in certain athletic or fitness activities and in situations where wearing a mask impedes delivery and receiving of services.
As part of UBC’s commitment to the health and safety of its community, students, faculty, staff or visitors are required to follow UBC’s COVID-19 Campus Rules when on campus, such as assessing yourself daily for COVID-19 symptoms and following signage and floor markings when moving around premises.
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