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 indoor common spaces on campus, including, for example, in all hallways, washrooms, building lobbies, elevators, the library, the dining hall (except when eating or drinking) and fitness centre/gym. Though some of these locations may not yet be open to large numbers, please remember that some staff do remain on campus and limited changes to our on-campus operations are expected as we move into the fall (e.g. opening of Residence at 54% capacity).

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

Masks will not be required in classrooms, labs, offices or residences, though some may choose to keep them on in these spaces.

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