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COVID protocols for winter term: Mask requirements continue in classes

Posted by Frank Harvey, Provost and Vice-President Academic on November 30, 2022 in News

MEMORANDUM

To:         The Dalhousie University community

From:       Frank Harvey, Provost and Vice-President Academic

Date:       Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Re:         COVID protocols for winter term: Mask requirements continue in classes

We are thankful to our entire Dal community for your continued efforts to ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone who studies, works or lives at our university.

With the fall term winding down, I wanted to share the update that Dalhousie’s mask requirements for indoor instructional spaces during scheduled teaching time will continue for the duration of the winter term. Masks continue to be welcome everywhere on campus, and strongly recommended in libraries, learning commons and gathering spaces where physical distancing may be difficult.

This directive is informed by input from our COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Council and aligns with Nova Scotia Public Health’s continued recommendation that masks should be worn in crowded indoor spaces. Classrooms, labs, exams and other instructional spaces are essential to our academic experience, and we are greatly appreciative of the commitment our students and instructors have shown in bringing and wearing their masks. By doing so, you not only limit the risks of COVID-19 and influenza transmission on campus but ensure our learning spaces can be safer and more comfortable for those who may be immunocompromised or live with those who are.
 
We also want to take this opportunity, ahead of the exam period, to remind our Dal community that mask requirements for instructional spaces extend to exams — please make sure to bring your mask to your exams this December. For more information on mask requirements on campus, visit the COVID-19 website.

Please continue to take steps to look after yourself and others— not only mask-wearing, but also:

•    Staying home when sick
•    Respecting other people’s space
•    Getting vaccinated and boosted
•    Following hygiene best practices
•    Being a good neighbour

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Updates and Information website.

Sincerely,

Frank Harvey
Provost and Vice-President Academic

Dalhousie University is located in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi`kmaq. We are all treaty people.

We recognize that African Nova Scotians are a distinct people whose histories, legacies and contributions have enriched that part of Mi’kma’ki known as Nova Scotia for over 400 years.