1. Mask Definition
  2. Where to Wear a Mask on Campus
  3. Mask and Face Covering Guidance
  4. How to Wash your Mask
  5. Video: How to Don and Doff Your Mask
  6. Additional Mask and Face Covering Documents

Carleton has updated its Mask Policy to comply with the Mandatory Mask By-law adopted by the City of Ottawa and the recommendations of public health officials.

Mask Definition

The Mask Policy defines a mask as “a cloth (non-medical) Mask, medical Mask or other face coverings, (e.g., bandana, a scarf or cloth), for filtering respiratory droplets that securely covers the nose, mouth, and chin and is in contact with the surrounding face without gapping”.

Using a mask complements, and does not replace, measures recommended by public health officials to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Working from home, maintaining physical distancing and hand hygiene remain the primary approaches to minimize the risk of virus transmission.

Where to Wear a Mask on Campus

  • Mask use in Enclosed Public Spaces: As required by the City of Ottawa By-law, wearing a non-medical mask is required by law (with limited exemptions) in all publicly accessible spaces within buildings for all members of the Carleton community and of the public.
  • Mask use in Non-Public Carleton Workspaces: Within non-publicly accessible Carleton workplaces (which are not subject to the By-Law) individuals present in Carleton workplaces are expected to use masks anytime a 2-metre physical distance cannot be consistently maintained, or when they are in common or shared spaces. Examples of such situations include common areas of offices, hallways, lobbies, elevators and high traffic areas.

Signage has been installed at building entrances to remind faculty, staff, students and any visitors or members of the public of the mask use requirement. Hand sanitizers are also being installed at the entrances to publicly accessible buildings.

The current list of publicly accessible buildings and spaces, offices that are now open and hours of operation are listed on the Building Updates webpage.

Mask and Face Covering Guidance

When wearing a face covering, remember the following:

  • Masking for source control protects others around you by catching your own droplets.
  • Ensure the mask covers both the nose, mouth and chin.
  • When wearing masks, it is critical to avoid touching the face, and to wash hands or use alcohol based hand rub often.
  • Masking for source control needs to be part of a broad strategy to reduce transmission risk.
  • Medical masks are to be reserved for use by healthcare workers

We strongly recommend that individuals continue to seek guidance on masks and face coverings from the Ottawa Public Health website in order to receive the most up to date information.

How to Wash your Mask

Cloth masks or face coverings should be changed and cleaned if they become damp or soiled. You can wash your cloth mask by:

  • putting it directly into the washing machine, using a hot cycle, and then dry thoroughly
  • washing it thoroughly by hand if a washing machine is not available, using soap and warm/hot water
    • allow it to dry completely before wearing it again

Non-medical masks that cannot be washed should be disposed of properly in a lined garbage bin, and replaced as soon as they get damp, soiled or crumpled. Do not leave discarded masks in shopping carts or on the ground where other people may come into contact with them.

For more information ,please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website.

Video: How to Don and Doff Your Mask

Additional Mask and Face Covering Documents