Mask Guidelines

Please see the latest Order of the Provincial Health Officer on Face Coverings, updated September 2, 2021. The order applies to British Columbians and visitors to British Columbia. Read the full orders (pdf).

Definitions

"face covering" means either of the following that covers the nose and mouth of a person:

  1. a medical or non-medical mask;
  2. a tightly woven fabric;

but does not include a small or large clear plastic face shield.

 

Excerpts from the Order

Face coverings required in post-secondary spaces – students and post-secondary staff persons 

Section 6

  1. Except as provided under section 7, students and post-secondary staff persons must wear a face covering, in accordance with subsection
  2. While inside a post-secondary space (2) A face covering must be worn in a manner that covers the nose and mouth.
  3. A student or a post-secondary staff person who is not wearing a face covering as provided in subsection (2) must not be inside a post-secondary institution space.

Exemptions from use of face coverings – students

Section 7

Section 6 (2) does not apply to a student as follows:

  1. if the student is unable to wear a face covering because of (i) a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or (ii) a physical, cognitive or mental impairment;
  2. if the student is unable to put on or remove a face covering without the assistance of another person;
  3. if the face covering is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the student;
  4. while the student is consuming food or drink and while seated;
  5. while participating in physical activity organized by the post-secondary institution or at a fitness facility or sport facility;
  6. while communicating with a person for whom visual cues, facial expressions, lip-reading or lip movements are essential;
  7. if the mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask, for example while actively playing a wind instrument;
  8. if the student is behind a barrier separating the student from other persons, for example a divider or cubicle;
  9. if the student is in a room by themselves;
  10. if the student is in a post-secondary space and no other students, post- 9 secondary staff persons or members of the public are present.
  11. the student is delivering a presentation or lecture if
  1. there is a distance of two metres separating the student delivering the presentation or lecture and students and other persons attending the presentation or lecture, or
  2. there is a physical barrier between the student delivering the lecture and the students and the persons attending the presentation or lecture.

Exemptions from use of face coverings – post-secondary staff persons 

Section 8

Section 6 (2) does not apply to a post-secondary staff person as follows:

  1. if the post-secondary staff person is unable to wear a face covering because of (i) a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or (ii) a physical, cognitive or mental impairment;
  2. if the post-secondary staff person is unable to put on or remove a face covering without the assistance of another person;
  3. if the face covering is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the post-secondary staff person;
  4. while the post-secondary staff person is consuming food or drink at a location designated for those purposes by the post-secondary institution and while seated;
  5. while participating in physical activity organized by the post-secondary institution or at a fitness facility or sport facility operated by the postsecondary institution;
  6. while communicating with a person for whom visual cues, facial expressions, lip-reading or lip movements are essential;
  7. if the post-secondary staff person is in a room by themselves;
  8. if the post-secondary staff person is in an office or other indoor area of a building or structure operated by the post-secondary institution and if no students or members of the public are present,
  9. If the post-secondary staff person is delivering a presentation or lecture or teaching if
  1. there is a distance of two metres separating the post-secondary staff person and students or
  2. if there is a physical barrier between the post-secondary staff person and students

 

Additional Resources

  • If you forget your mask when you come on campus, you can pick one up in these locations
  • BCCDC mask information - How to wear a mask
  • Please dispose of your used disposable mask responsibly by placing it in one of our cardboard mask recycling bins around campus.