Wearing your mask

Dalhousie University requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus to wear masks in all indoor common spaces on our campuses.

Selecting your mask

You must wear a well-fitting (no gaps) mask that fully covers your mouth and nose and contains at least three layers, in alignment with the latest Nova Scotia Public Health directive and guidance from our COVID-19 Science Advisory Council. Three-layered blue medical masks are appropriate, for example.

Homemade or store-bought cloth masks must contain at least three layers to offer sufficient protection. In you are unsure if your mask has three layers, your best bet is to wear a disposable three-ply medical- or surgical-style mask. (If you have issues with fit, you may wish to wear a cloth masks over your medical mask.) Disposable masks will be available on campus in a variety of locations should they be needed.

What about face shields?

Face shields should NOT be worn as a replacement for a mask but can be worn IN ADDITION to a mask if people wish to do so. A face shield protects your eyes. Using a face shield doesn’t protect you or other people from infectious respiratory particles that can escape or enter around the face shield.

What about respirators (N95, KN95, etc.)?

Respirators such as N95 or KN95 can be worn if people wish to do so, but are not required unless task-specific hazards require their use. For most cases, especially when others in the area are also wearing masks, a three-layer non-medical or medical/surgical mask is sufficient.

Where to wear your mask

Masks must be worn by all staff, faculty, students and visitors to campus who are travelling through or working/studying in any indoor common areas. This includes:

  •  Buildings
  • Classrooms
  • Libraries
  • Washrooms
  • Common study areas
  • Shared meeting spaces
  • Athletics facilities
  • Food establishments
  • Residences (common areas)
  • Hallways, stairwells and elevators

CLASSROOMS: Students must wear their masks in classrooms including while entering/exiting and while seated. Instructors or other presenters must wear a mask but may remove their mask while lecturing if they can fully maintain 2 metres of distance from all others — however, wearing a mask as much as possible is strongly recommended.

WORKSPACES: Masks should be worn at all times when moving between workspaces or when meeting with others. Masks may be removed in private workspaces or cubicles where a distance of 2 metres can be maintained but wearing a mask as much as possible is strongly recommended.

DINING AND DRINKING: Masks may be lowered to eat and drink in spaces where food and beverage is allowed, but this should be kept to an absolute minimum. Having food or drink is not an excuse to not wear your mask. In these cases, please maintain distance from others where possible and remain stationary while unmasked.

RESIDENCES: Masks must be worn in residence lobbies and all common areas. Masks can be removed when individuals are alone in their private room.

When do I need to wear a rated medical mask or a respirator, such as an N-95?

Where standard workplace hazards dictate rated medical masks or respirators as the appropriate PPE for the task.

If I forgot my mask, can I pick one up on campus?

We expect all members of our community to have their own supply of masks but, if you forgot to grab yours before coming to campus or are unsure if your mask meets current requirements, disposable masks will be available on campus in a variety of locations should they be needed.

What happens if someone is not wearing a mask?

Mask wearing is a critical part of our multi-layer safety plan. We expect our Dal community to show understanding and compassion towards one another and continue to wear masks as a simple, effective way to keep one another safe and support our collective well-being.

Faculty, staff and students are asked to first address mask non-compliance with conversation and education. This includes asking a student or a colleague to wear a mask and assisting students or colleagues in managing disagreements about COVID-related protocols.

Students can be asked to leave class for not wearing a mask. Non-compliance with mask guidance may lead to consequences under the Code of Student Conduct or under the terms of their contracts of employment (including collective agreements).