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TMU community members strongly recommended to wear masks

November 18, 2022

As we enter the winter season, the university is reminding our community of the important role we each play in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19, the flu and other respiratory illnesses on our campus.

On November 14, 2022, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) strongly recommended that residents of Ontario wear masks in indoor spaces. While the university’s mask policy is currently on pause, in line with the CMOH’s guidance, the university continues to strongly recommend that community members wear a well-fitted mask while indoors, particularly in crowded spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained. As we enter exam season, we are also reminding students of the importance of wearing masks while writing in-person exams.

The university continues to have cloth, medical grade and fitted masks, such as N95s available for university community members who want them. For more information, visit the Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) page online

Masks should be well-fitted and worn in a way that covers your mouth, nose and chin. 

Additional health and safety tips to protect yourself and our community

Stay up-to-date with vaccinations

As a primary health and safety measure, the university encourages all community members to be fully vaccinated, including the booster shot(s) as recommended by public health.

In addition to COVID-19 vaccination, we also encourage community members to receive this year’s flu vaccine if they are able. 

Learn how you can obtain your COVID-19 and flu vaccines on campus.

Practice good hand and respiratory hygiene

As cold and flu season continues, remember that hand and respiratory hygiene is key to our overall health and wellbeing:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 15 seconds — especially before handling food, after touching your face or shaking someone’s hand.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when sneezing and coughing. Throw the tissue away and then wash your hands immediately.
  • If you do not have a tissue, cough into your upper sleeve or elbow.

Stay home if you are unwell

Individuals accessing campus should continue to self-monitor for symptoms and not come to campus if they feel unwell. For more information specific to COVID-19, review the Ontario government’s guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

University will continue to monitor government and public health guidance

The university continues to monitor government and public health guidance, laws, and sector standards, and will remain nimble in responding to changes and in planning for the future. Should public health indicators change, the university may need to reinstate requirements for masking and vaccines.