The University of British Columbia (UBC) is implementing a mandatory mask policy starting next week.
Taking effect on Wednesday, September 16, non-medical masks will be required for students, faculty, staff, and visitors that enter indoor settings while on campus.
“The health and safety of the UBC community is our first priority, and we continue to monitor COVID-19 and follow effective safety practices as understanding of the virus evolves,” says President and Vice Chancellor Santa J. Ono in a statement.
“Wearing a non-medical mask is one step you can take to protect yourself, your friends, your colleagues and your community.”
The requirement applies to any shared indoor spaces such as buildings, stairways, building entryways, washrooms, study spaces, classrooms, common areas in residences, and other high-traffic areas.
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Exceptions will be made for those with underlying medical conditions, and they can also be removed for those taking part in specific athletic or fitness activities.
The school says that further details regarding exceptions will be shared next week.
“Even when wearing a mask, please continue to observe physical distancing as much as possible, as a mask is not a substitute for this practice,” says Ono.
“For those who are not able to wear a mask, for medical or other reasons, please be careful to maintain a safe distance for the protection of yourself and those around you.”