Masks & personal protective equipment (PPE)

Last updated: October 1, 2021 at 12:30pm

Wearing a face mask is required on campus

Masking is a step we can each take to demonstrate care for our community – allowing additional time for vaccination rates to increase and acting to ensure the safety and continuity of our in-person campus experiences.

The health of our campus community members is our top priority, and this decision is consistent with that value.

It is recommended that you put on your mask immediately upon leaving your vehicle or coming on to campus.

You are required to wear a mask in all indoor/enclosed shared spaces. The University has determined that these spaces are:

  • Atriums
  • Certain office cubicles
  • Classrooms
  • Elevators
  • Entryways
  • Hallways
  • Kitchens
  • Laboratories
  • Library
  • Lineups
  • Lobbies
  • Meeting rooms
  • Sharing a vehicle when driving for University purposes
  • Stairwells
  • Washrooms

NOTE: this is not an exhaustive list. 

Yes, we know it is inconvenient and can be uncomfortable at times. However, for the good of our community we require everyone’s help make the campus a safer place by wearing a mask.

You are not required to wear a mask in these situations:

  • Working alone in private offices
  • Working outdoors AND there is a minimum of 2 metres between people
  • Working alone in a shared space
  • Working in a cubicle with an approved barrier between people AND when not providing services to anyone
  • When using an equivalent or higher protection personal protective equipment (e.g., N95 respirator)
  • When in personal residence units
  • When actively eating or drinking in designated areas
  • When participating in an activity where a mask cannot be worn, such as swimming and performance arts
  • With a valid employee or student mask accommodation 


Details on requesting mask accommodations

All inquiries need to be sent from your uLethbridge email to

Faculty & staff

Contact Human Resources - Wellness and Recognition.  

Members of the University community should bring their own mask to campus. The University has purchased a very limited supply of disposable masks, which will be available at entrance doors but should only be used if you truly could not bring your own mask that day. Both reusable cloth and single-use masks can be purchased from the University Bookstore.

The kind of mask will depend on your activities. Most faculty, staff and students may use a common disposable mask or a common cloth mask. Certain individuals will require an N95 or other type of respirator for the hazards they will encounter.

Note that face shields do not replace masks, as they only protect the eyes. They do not provide protection against potentially inhaling infectious respiratory droplets.

Alberta Government information on mask selection

Not wearing a mask is a failure to meet health and safety responsibilities and may be subject to disciplinary action and/or a complaint for creating an unhealthy and unsafe working, learning and/or living environment. 

Face mask enforcement guidelines can be found here.

Yes.  As part of a comprehensive management strategy for controlling risks of COVID-19, masks along with other health and safety controls are required. Masking is a step we can each take to demonstrate care for our community. The health of our campus community members is our top priority, and this decision is consistent with that value.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The use of PPE, such as masks, respirators, gloves, etc. in the workplace will be determined by hazard assessment.

Employees and students will be advised on how to safely use, maintain, and dispose of any required PPE in classrooms and workplace settings.

Mask etiquette

Putting on a mask

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Make sure your hands are washed/sanitized before handling your mask

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Put your mask on so it covers your mouth and nose. Tie it securely to minimize any gaps

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Avoid touching your mask while wearing it

Removing your mask

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Only touch the loops or strings, do not touch the inside or outside of the mask

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Fold the mask in half so the side that touched your mouth is on the inside

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Do not place masks on desks or tables, especially when eating

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Wash your hands after removing your mask

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Single-use masks should be discarded immediately

Storing your reusable mask

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Use a paper bag or sealed plastic bag to store your mask

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Always store your mask in a clean place. Never store it in a purse or pocket unless it is in a sealed container

Mask care

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Do not reuse single-use masks

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Regularly wash your reusable masks

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Replace your mask when it becomes damp or humid