Nov 13, 2020

Nov 19 update: masks are now mandatory in public spaces. For more information on our safety plans, please read our Exposure Control Plan. On November 24, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General issued an order requiring everyone to wear masks in many indoor settings. Please note there are exemptions for:

  • People with health conditions or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear one
  • People who cannot remove a mask on their own
  • Children under the age of 12.

Recently, the BC Provincial Health Officer advised British Columbians of her expectation that people now wear masks in all indoor public spaces and has asked that all organizations review their COVID-19 safety plans.  

 

As such, we have reviewed Langara’s current COVID-19 safety plans and have determined that:  

  • strict safety protocols for ensuring physical distancing are required for all face-to-face instruction and campus activities 
  • there are limited access and entry into all buildings 
  • prior to coming on campus, all students, staff and contractors must complete the COVID-19 Health and Safety Awareness course.  
  • everyone must do a self-assessment health check each time prior to entry, using the Thrive BC app
  • entrance check-ins and building monitoring for compliance have been implemented 
  • extra cleaning of all high touch points and regularly used areas have been implemented 
  • sick policies are in place – please consider others and stay home if you show symptoms of sickness  

 

Do we need to wear a mask in all buildings? 

Masks are required as per the Provincial Health Officer’s order that people now wear masks in all indoor public spacesIt is expected that if you find yourself in or going into a high traffic area where there are many others (such as a hallway), and you cannot maintain two meters (six feet) of physical distance, you should wear a mask. Mask wearing does not exempt you from maintaining the two-meter (six feet) physical distancing requirement. Masks add a layer of protection; however, they do not stop the transmission of all particles.  

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as our procedures adapt to this fluid situation.