Health & safety resources
If you’re spending time on campus this fall, you’ll see some changes as we work to ensure the continued health and safety of everyone who studies and works at Dalhousie.
- Everyone is expected to maintain a safe physical distance of two metres (or six feet) at all times.
- You’ll find directional arrows and one-way signage in many hallways, stairwells and corridors, and some services will be delivered through a physical barrier (such as a plexiglass divider).
- You’ll be required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings (such as cloth or disposable masks) in indoor common spaces. This includes public spaces like buildings, libraries, dining areas, residences, hallways, stairwells, elevators and common study areas.
- You’ll see our Custodial Services team ensuring frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces in common building areas, including doorknobs, light switches, handrails, bathrooms and more.
Return to campus safety resources
Before returning to or visiting Dalhousie, please consult the following safety resources:
- Return to Campus Guidance and checklists
- Return to Campus instructional video
- Return to Campus Information page (login required)
Aligned with the Province of Nova Scotia’s directive, Dalhousie University is requiring the use of non-medical masks or face coverings in all indoor common spaces on our campuses as a public health measure to help keep our community safe and limit the potential spread of COVID-19.
What is a non-medical mask?
A non-medical mask, or face covering, is a mask that covers your mouth and nose. It can be made of cloth and should be at least two layers.
When do I need to wear a mask?
- Non-medical masks should be worn by all staff, faculty, students and visitors to campus who are travelling through or working/studying in any indoor common areas and public spaces including buildings, libraries, food establishments, residences, hallways, stairwells, elevators, and common study areas.
- Physical distancing (2 metres) must still be observed while wearing non-medical masks.
- Masks are also mandatory inside Dalplex, but patrons/members are not required to wear masks during their workout activity.
- You are free to remove your non-medical mask in personal, private workspaces where a distance of 2 metres can be observed, or within students’ private residence rooms. You may also remove your mask briefly while eating and drinking, providing you are stationary and observing a safe physical distance from others.
- Individuals are welcome to wear non-medical masks or face coverings in other spaces and settings (outdoors, etc.) should they wish to do so, as an added precaution to help keep others safe.
Exceptions to these requirements can include individuals with valid medical reasons for being unable to wear a mask, those who are unable to remove a mask on their own, and children under the age of 2.
When do I need to wear a rated medical mask?
- When tasks must be completed within 2 metres (6 feet) of other personnel.
- Where workplace hazards dictate rated medical masks as the appropriate PPE for the task.
Is Dalhousie providing masks?
To encourage widespread mask usage, Dalhousie is in the process of purchasing a bulk order of reusable non-medical masks to distribute to students, faculty and staff who are currently conducting on-campus activities as part of an approved return to campus plan. Individuals will be responsible for cleaning their own masks. Further details on how these masks will be made available will be shared in the near future.
- Government of Nova Scotia COVID-19 information
- Government of Canada COVID-19 information
- Government of Canada COVID-19 travel advice
- Government of Canada assistance abroad
- World Health Organization COVID-19 information
Dalhousie contact information
Please note: If you are concerned you have been exposed to, or may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please visit 811.novascotia.ca for information on assessment.
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