- Wearing a Mask
- Where to Wear a Mask on Campus
- Mask and Face Covering Guidance
- How to Wash your Mask
- Video: How to Don and Doff Your Mask
- Additional Mask and Face Covering Documents
Carleton has updated its Mask Policy to comply with the Mandatory Mask use required by Provincial Orders and the bylaw adopted by the City of Ottawa and the recommendations of public health officials.
As required under Carleton’s Mask Policy, non-medical masks are required in enclosed public spaces and in non-public spaces when in the presence of others and you are not able to consistently maintain a two-meter physical distance, or where maintaining such distance could be unpredictable or impossible (such as high-traffic areas, hallways, common rooms, washrooms or elevators).
Face coverings prevent transmission by blocking the release of exhaled respiratory particles into the environment and studies demonstrate that a well-fitting, tightly woven, multiple layer face covering can reduce the wearers’ exposure to infectious droplets through filtration.
A well-fitting mask must fit securely over the nose, mouth and chin and is in contact with the surrounding face without gaping.
Wearing 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 primary approaches to minimize the risk of virus transmission.
- Mask use in Enclosed Public Spaces: A non-medical mask is required by law as outlined in Section A of the Mask Policy by all members of the public and the Carleton community.
- Mask use in Non-Public Carleton Workspaces: Within non-publicly accessible Carleton workplaces, wearing a non-medical mask is required by law when in the presence of others and you are not able to consistently maintain a two-meter physical distance, or where maintaining such distance could be unpredictable or impossible (such as high-traffic areas, hallways, common rooms, washrooms or elevators).
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 have also been 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.
When wearing a face covering, remember the following:
- Masking for source control protects others around you by catching your own droplets.
- Ensure the mask securely 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.
- Well-fitting, tightly woven and multi-layer face coverings can reduce the wearer’s exposure to infectious droplets through filtration.
- 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.
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.