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University of Toronto Policy on Non-Medical Masks or Face Coverings

The Governing Council of the University of Toronto has approved a Policy on Non-Medical Masks or Face Coverings, effective August 10, 2020. This temporary Policy requires non-medical masks or face coverings to be worn indoors in common-use spaces including classrooms on University property at all three campuses. This Policy reinforces the administrative memo issued on July 6, 2020.

This Policy is consistent with the approach outlined in City of Toronto By-Law 541-2020 and City of Mississauga By-Law 0169-2020, and will remain in effect as long as Ontario public health authorities recommend that mask-wearing is necessary in indoor public spaces. It is subject to change and extension at the discretion of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto as public health guidance and understanding about COVID-19 evolve.

Additional information and details about the application of the Policy, exceptions, and medical accommodations are available in an accompanying draft Guideline, which is available on the websites of the Office of the Vice-President & Provost and the Vice President, Human Resources & Equity. The draft Guideline may be updated periodically as our response to COVID-19 evolves.

Your health and safety remain our top priority. There are positive health impacts of using a non-medical mask or face covering to slow the rate of COVID-19 community transmission. This Policy is one of the many steps U of T is taking to support our community efforts to address the pandemic.

More information about the Policy, including frequently asked questions, are available on the U of T UTogether 2020 website. For additional questions and inquiries, please email us via the COVID-19 contact page.