As ordered by the Medical Officer of Health of the City of Ottawa, effective at 12:01 a.m. on July 7, 2020, Carleton University is required to adopt a policy to ensure that no member of the public is permitted to enter or remain in a publicly accessible area of a building on campus unless they are wearing a mask in a manner that covers their nose, mouth and chin.

As required, Carleton University has adopted a mask policy where the public, faculty, staff and students must wear a non-medical mask when working or travelling within a publicly accessible area of a building on campus unless they are behind a physical barrier (i.e. plexiglass) or a part of the building that is closed to the public (i.e. offices, labs, etc.). All faculty and staff are required to read and review the policy.

Given that access to most university spaces remains limited to authorized individuals (faculty, staff, students) and public access is restricted, these authorized individuals are currently only required to wear masks in buildings and enclosed spaces where the public has access and when they are not behind physical barriers. These publicly accessible spaces currently include:

  • Carleton Technology and Training Centre (CTTC);
  • Athletics Buildings (with the exception of summer day camps);
  • Residence Commons; and
  • The common areas of occupied Residence Buildings.

Other areas will be added when they become publicly accessible and an updated list will be kept on the COVID FAQ website.

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

As per the order, and in the publicly accessibile buildings as outlined above, Carleton employees are asked to gently and politely remind members of the public of the mask requirement when they enter these publicly accessible areas and direct them to the appropriate signage. Employees are not required to enforce the policy and reminders should be made in good faith and from an educational perspective. You should be aware of the exceptions noted below. Concerns about mask usage can be brought to the attention of supervisors.

The order and policy provide for exceptions to the requirement to wear masks. The exceptions, which don’t require proof, include:

  • Children under the age of five (including those developmentally under five) who refuse to wear a mask;
  • Individuals with a medical condition, including breathing and cognitive difficulties;
  • Individuals who are unable to put on or remove a mask without assistance; and
  • Employees who are in an area of a building that is not accessible to the public or are within or behind a physical barrier.

In all circumstances where physical distancing is not possible while on campus, it is recommended that all faculty, staff and students wear a non-medical mask.

Any additional questions regarding the use of masks, the order or policy can be forwarded to covidinfo@carleton.ca.

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