COVID-19 update: Face masks required to be worn in campus buildings starting July 10

This message is being distributed on behalf of the Return to Work Operational Task Force.

Yesterday, the Regional Municipality of Durham announced that non-medical masks or face coverings will be mandatory in public and enclosed indoor spaces effective Friday, July 10, to help manage the spread of COVID-19.

There is growing public health evidence indicating that the widespread use of non-medical masks or face coverings – when used in combination with other public health recommendations – is effective in the fight against COVID-19. This includes physical distancing in public spaces, frequently washing your hands, respiratory etiquette, and staying home when you are sick.

While post-secondary institutions were not explicitly referenced in the list of establishments that are required to enforce mandatory masks, Durham College (DC) will adopt this best practice in good faith to help keep our community – and each other – safe, and to support the excellent work our Region is doing to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

As students in the July 2020 pilot program and employees continue to return to campus, and we prepare for fall intake, DC asks that individuals wear a non-medical mask or face covering when inside a college building. Such spaces include hallways, elevators, washrooms, classrooms, meeting rooms and other common areas. Exceptions apply to those who have health, respiratory and sensory issues; various disabilities; are unable to remove the mask without assistance, or other valid reasons.

If you do not own a mask or face covering, a mask will be provided at the entrance of college buildings.

For more about how DC is keeping its students and employees safe while on campus, please visit our COVID-19 webpage.