As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in our communities and due to the flu and respiratory viruses season, the Mount Health Office is making some important changes of which you should be aware.

Beginning October 31, 2023, medical masks will be required in the Mount Health Office in clinical care areas where patients, students, family members, and other care providers are present.

Masks will be available at the entrance to the Mount Health Office. Reducing the risk for transmission of all respiratory viruses is our shared responsibility. We thank you for your cooperation in helping us protect our patients, students, staff, and communities.

Mask are encouraged in crowded indoor public spaces or should you have cold symptoms (like a cough or runny nose). For those in need of a mask, they will continue to be available for pick-up at the Assisi Security Desk (Assisi Hall main entrance), Library Circulation Desk (Main floor, EMF), Registrar’s Office (Room 207, Evaristus Hall), and Athletics & Recreation main desk (2nd floor, Rosaria Student Centre). Free COVID-19 rapid test kits are also available at these locations.

Masks are strongly recommended in common indoor areas on campus, including:

  • classrooms,
  • the library (except private study rooms),
  • computer labs,
  • corridors,
  • washrooms,
  • the dining hall and Seton Café (except while seated to eat/drink),
  • athletics facilities,
  • building lobbies, and
  • elevators

Students who require a COVID-19 related accommodation should contact Accessibility Services ( Faculty and staff who require a COVID-19 related accommodation should contact Human Resources (

Choosing a mask and proper fit

A non-medical mask should:

  • be made of at least 3 layers, including
    • at least 2 layers of tightly woven fabric, like cotton
    • a middle layer of filter-type fabric, like a non-woven polypropylene
  • use materials that are breathable

When choosing a mask, proper fit is very important. A well-fitting mask should:

  • allow for easy breathing
  • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
  • maintain its shape after washing and drying
  • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustments
  • be made of tightly woven material fabric (like cotton or linen)
  • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose, mouth and chin without gaps

For information on how to properly wear and care for your mask, visit the Nova Scotia website.