September 2, 2020
Wearing non-medical masks on campus
From the College Executive Team
As our understanding of the coronavirus has evolved so too has information on how to best balance health risks with non-health essential services like post-secondary education. The fluid situation has resulted in ever-changing advice and guidelines from health authorities.
To support the health and safety of students and employees, it is strongly recommended that everyone wear a non-medical mask in indoor public spaces while on campus. Public spaces include building entryways, washrooms, hallways, stairwells and other high-traffic areas where physical distancing cannot be consistently maintained.
Masks do not replace physical distancing, hand washing and staying at home if you are sick as these are the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is also important to treat people wearing masks with respect.
Wearing non-medical masks is recommended by the BC Centre for Disease Control, the Provincial Health Officer, and the Public Health Agency of Canada where physical distancing cannot be consistently maintained.
Public health officials also recommend getting a flu shot this year because of COVID-19. Increasing flu vaccination rates can help reduce the overall impact of respiratory illnesses on post-secondary campuses.
The college has ordered reusable cloth masks and, once they are delivered, we will be working on a way to best distribute them. In the meantime, if employees wish to request a disposable mask please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For staff requiring masks when on Campus, they can pick up a disposable mask from either of the Facilities Offices. At interurban, the distribution point is in the Facilities Building on Markham Road right across from Receiving and the Print Shop. At Lansdowne, masks can be picked up at the Dawson Building 2nd Floor, Room 200. We will be providing single masks to those who require one.
Thank you for all you do to diminish the threat of COVID-19 within and beyond our campuses.
COVID-19 Safety Plan
The most current copy of the college’s COVID-19 Safety Plan is available here.
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization
- Travel & Tourism Canada
- COVID-19 Stigma Guide
- Ministry of Health BC COVID-19 symptom self-assessment tool
- How COVID-19 is affecting IRCC
- For non-health related COVID-19 questions (e.g. supports, programs, etc):