- Wearing a Mask
- Where to Wear a Mask on Campus
- Mask and Face Covering Guidance
- Level 3 Medical Masks and KN95
- Fit and Handling
- How to Wash Your Cloth Mask
- Video: How to Don and Doff Your Mask
- Additional Mask and Face Covering Documents
Carleton’s Mask Policy complies 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.
On the recommendation of Ottawa Public Health, Carleton will be maintaining the mandatory COVID-19 Mask Policy until further notice.
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.
- 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 sanitizer stations have also been installed at the entrances to publicly accessible buildings.
The current list of publicly accessible buildings and spaces that are open 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.
- Well-fitting, tightly woven and multi-layer face coverings can reduce the wearer’s exposure to infectious droplets through filtration
- When wearing masks, it is critical to avoid touching the face and to wash hands or use alcohol-based hand rub often.
Members of the Carleton community can continue to wear a three-layer non-medical mask that completely and comfortably covers the nose, mouth and chin without gaps and does not allow air to escape from edges.
A limited supply of KN95 masks are available from Procurement Services in eShop and we are working on acquiring an additional supply. Due to supply chain issues, a limit of five KN95 masks are currently available to each individual, while supplies last, and can be reused with proper care.
Additionally, Level 3 Rated Medical Masks are also available from Procurement Services in eShop. Level 3 Medical Masks are acceptable alternatives, having achieved filtration efficiency comparable to the KN95.
A proper-fitting Level 3 Medical ask is MORE protective than an ill-fitting KN95.
The following are ways to ensure a snug fit.
- Check the edges of your mask for air leaks and adjust so that it is snug and has no gaps.
- Adjust the ties, bands or ear loops.
- Adjust the nosepiece.
- With medical masks, layering with a well-fitting cloth mask over top may help with fit.
Although, strictly speaking, KN95 and Level-3 Medical Masks are one-time use, they can be worn multiple times given the current climate and issue with the supply chain. When storing your mask between uses, avoid deforming them and do not store them in plastic bags as mould can develop if they are unable to dry properly. Any mask must be discarded and replaced if damaged, dirty or wet.
We strongly recommend that individuals continue to seek guidance on masks and face coverings from the Government of Canada 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 and llow it to dry completely before wearing it again
For more information, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website.