Effective Monday, May 8, masks will no longer be required in instructional spaces on campus (i.e. classrooms and student labs). Mask use will still be encouraged in crowded indoor public spaces or should you have cold symptoms (like a cough or runny nose). Masks will continue to be available for those who need them (at the Assisi Security Desk, Library Circulation Desk, Registrar’s Office, and Athletics & Recreation main desk). Free COVID-19 rapid test kits are also available at these locations.

Masks continue to be mandatory in MSVU’s Health and Counselling Offices (including Career Counselling), and Accessibility Services. This means that masks must continue to be worn at all times in these particular areas, including for the duration of appointments and in reception and waiting areas. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are asked to bring their own masks when attending campus.

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 (AccessibilityServices@msvu.ca). Faculty and staff who require a COVID-19 related accommodation should contact Human Resources (Human.Resources@msvu.ca). Faculty and staff who wish to add or remove plexiglass barriers in their spaces can contact kimberley.darr@msvu.ca for assistance. As well, if colleagues ask you to wear a mask while in their individual workspaces, please respect those requests.

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.