Masks & personal protective equipment (PPE)

Wearing a face mask is required on campus

Information on the use of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is constantly evolving. Out of an abundance of caution and to promote a healthy and safe learning, working and living environment for faculty, staff and students, non-medical face masks (also known as face coverings), must be worn in all public indoor areas on campus.

It is recommended that you put on your mask immediately upon leaving your vehicle or coming on to campus.

You are required to wear a mask in indoor/enclosed shared spaces:

  • Atriums
  • Certain office cubicles
  • Classrooms
  • Elevators
  • Entryways
  • Hallways
  • Kitchens
  • Laboratories
  • Library
  • Lineups
  • Lobbies
  • Meeting rooms
  • Sharing a vehicle when driving for University purposes
  • Stairwells
  • Washrooms

Yes, we know it is inconvenient and can be uncomfortable at times. However, for the good of our community we require everyone’s help make the campus a safer place by wearing a mask.

You are not required to wear a mask in these situations:

  • Working alone in private offices
  • Working outdoors AND there is a minimum of 2 metres between people
  • Working alone in a shared space
  • Working in a cubicle with plexiglass, wall, or other approved barrier between people AND when not providing services to anyone
  • Attending small in-person meetings of up to 10 people once participants are seated and physical distancing of two metres is maintained

Contact the University to discuss accommodations if you are unable to wear a face mask:

All uLethbridge faculty, staff, and students (with in-person classes) will receive reusable cloth face masks. You are responsible for cleaning your masks between uses.

Yes! You can wear your own cloth or disposable mask on campus.

The kind of mask will depend on your activities. Most faculty, staff and students may use a common disposable mask or a common cloth mask. Certain individuals will require an N95 or other type of respirator for the hazards they will encounter.

Alberta Government information on mask selection

Not wearing a mask is a failure to meet health and safety responsibilities and may be subject to disciplinary action and/or a complaint for creating an unhealthy and unsafe working, learning and/or living environment.

You are required to maintain a distance of 2 meters when possible, whether wearing a mask or not. If you cannot maintain this distance, you must wear a mask.

There are many preventive measures to limit the transmission of COVID-19. Best practice suggests that washing your hands frequently, practicing physical distancing, plus wearing a mask should guide our behaviour for the time being to help prevent transmission.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The use of PPE, such as masks, respirators, gloves, etc. in the workplace will be determined by hazard assessment.

Employees and students will be advised on how to safely use, maintain, and dispose of any required PPE in classrooms and workplace settings.