FAQ

Jan 3, 2022: Non-medical face masks must be worn in all indoor areas on University of Calgary campuses.

To promote a healthy and safe learning, working and living environment in accordance with Alberta Health Services requirements, non-medical face masks must be worn in all indoor areas on University of Calgary campuses.

Masks may be removed only under the following conditions:

  • When alone at a workstation
  • When consuming food or drink. Note that consuming food and drink is prohibited in teaching spaces where masks must remain on at all times.

The following types of masks or face coverings are not acceptable for use on campus:

  • Face shields
  • Neck gaiters (neck warmers)
  • Masks with exhalation valves

How to use a non-medical mask

 

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Health, provides step-by-step instructions for putting on, wearing, taking off and disposing of a non-medical mask.

Mask tips:

  • Before putting on the mask, wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Check the mask for damage; if damaged, discard.
  • Open mask fully to cover from nose to below the chin.
  • Place over nose, mouth and chin and secure to your head with ear loops.
  • Adjust if needed to make sure your nose, mouth and chin are fully covered.
  • Avoid touching the mask while wearing it; if you need to adjust your mask, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water before and after you touch it.
  • Keep your nose, mouth and chin covered at all times, until you are ready to remove the mask.

Choosing the right non-medical mask for wearing in public

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Health, talks about what to look for in a non-medical mask and shares some dos and don’ts of wearing them.


Mask FAQs

To promote a healthy and safe learning, working and living environment in accordance with Alberta Health Services requirements, non-medical face masks must be worn in all indoor areas on University of Calgary campuses.

Masks may be removed only under the following conditions:

  • When alone at a workstation
  • When consuming food or drink. Note that consuming food and drink is prohibited in teaching spaces where masks must remain on at all times.

The following types of masks or face coverings are not acceptable for use on campus:

  • Face shields
  • Neck gaiters (neck warmers)
  • Masks with exhalation valves

Masks are still required while travelling in a UCalgary vehicle or on UCalgary business when you have a passenger, as aligned with provincial rules around shared vehicles and public transit. University faculty, staff and students will still be expected to wear masks when attending medical clinic environments.

 

University will not be providing non-medical masks for staff and students on campus.

Masks may be removed only under the following conditions:

  • When alone at a workstation
  • When consuming food or drink. Note that consuming food and drink is prohibited in teaching spaces where masks must remain on at all times.
  • The following types of masks or face coverings are not acceptable for use on campus:
    • Face shields
    • Neck gaiters (neck warmers)
    • Masks with exhalation valves

Yes. Places of worship are included in the bylaw definition of a public premises, as they are enclosed buildings that members of the public have access to. Although the provincial order expressly excludes places of worship from the mask requirement, the Calgary bylaw does not contain a similar exemption. This means that, in Calgary, face coverings are required to be worn in places of worship.

However, if a place of worship closes its doors to the public for a private event (for example, a wedding) it is not a public premises during the event and therefore attendees will not have to wear face coverings.