Members of the University community,
As we return to in-person teaching and learning and an increased presence of students, faculty, and staff on our campuses, the University of Regina is working to ensure the health and safety of our University community by continuing to require masks in shared, indoor spaces and by updating our mask-use requirements for people coming to campus.
In keeping with the latest information from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the University considers the following types of masks as appropriate for use:
- Single-use medical masks or respirators (N95, KN95) are acceptable. An N95 or KN95 is recommended for those who may be at risk of more severe outcomes from contracting COVID.
- Widely available, single-use, non-medical masks with at least three layers of tightly woven, breathable material are also acceptable.
- Cloth masks used alone are NO LONGER CONSIDERED ACCEPTABLE, although they can be used to double mask over top of a single-use, non-medical mask as listed above.
- Face shields or visors are also not acceptable alternatives to wearing an approved mask. They can be used in combination with a single-use, non-medical mask as listed above.
As this video explains, masks must fully cover the mouth, nose, and chin at all times. They must be worn in all indoor, public spaces at all times with the only exceptions being residence dwellings, private offices/cubicles with single occupants, or while actively engaged in organized sports activities.
Masks may be removed while actively eating or drinking.
For more information please see the Masking Requirements section on the University’s website.
While COVID-19, and more specifically the Omicron variant, remains a concern, we all have a responsibility to do everything we can to keep each other safe, including proper masking. The University of Regina will continue to monitor public health guidelines for future changes and will respond as necessary.
Campion College at the University of Regina
This email was originally sent by Darren Cherwaty, Director of Health Safety & Wellness at the University of Regina, to the university community. It was edited for length and clarity.