In keeping with Nova Scotia Public Health’s new directive that non-medical masks be worn in indoor public spaces, non-medical masks or face coverings will be required to be worn in common indoor areas on the Mount Saint Vincent University campus effective July 31, 2020.

Wearing a non-medical mask/face covering is one way we can help keep each other safe. When worn properly, a person wearing a non-medical mask or face covering can reduce the spread of their own infectious respiratory droplets; current evidence suggests that COVID-19 can be spread by infected individuals whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic.

Where non-medical masks/face coverings are required on campus

Masks or other face coverings must be worn at all times in shared indoor spaces on campus, including, for example, in:

– classrooms
– computer labs
– hallways
– washrooms
– building lobbies
– elevators
– the library
– the dining hall, Seton Cafe (except when eating or drinking), and
– the fitness centre/gym.

Please note that masks must be worn even while seated in the MSVU Library (except in closed study rooms).

Masks are not required outdoors.

Accessing a non-medical mask

All those attending campus should bring their own non-medical mask or face covering whenever possible. Students returning to Residence this fall should plan to bring a mask/face covering with them. The University has a limited supply available. Those requiring a mask can get one at the Security Desk in Assisi Hall.

What if I can’t wear a mask for medical or other reasons?

We understand that some members of our community are not able to wear a mask, for example for medical reasons. The University and NS Public Health are requiring all those who can safely where a non-medical mask or face covering to do so while in common areas on campus.

Non-medical mask DO’s and DON’Ts

An infographic explaining what you should and should not do when using a non-medical mask

How to safely use a non-medical mask or face covering – Public Health Agency of Canada [PDF]


  • Do ensure mask is made of at least two layers of tightly woven fabric
  • Do ensure mask is clean and dry and has no holes or tears
  • Do wash or sanitize your hands before and after touching the mask
  • Do use the ties or ear loops to put on and remove the mask
  • Do ensure your nose and mouth are fully covered
  • Do replace and launder your mask whenever it becomes damp and dirty
  • Do wash your mask with hot, soapy water and let it dry completely
  • Do store your mask in a clean place if wearing again
  • Do discard masks that cannot be washed in plastic-lined garbage bin after use


  • Don’t reuse masks that are moist, dirty or damaged
  • Don’t touch your mask while wearing it
  • Don’t hang the mask from your neck or ears
  • Don’t leave used masks within the reach of others
  • Don’t wear a loose mask
  • Don’t remove the mask to talk to someone
  • Don’t share masks
  • Don’t wear a face shield instead of a mask