Wearing a mask or face covering is just one of many ways to protect yourselves and others against COVID-19. You can also get your vaccine, stay home when sick, follow physical distancing and capacity limit guidelines, reduce close contacts, and practice good hand hygiene.
Masks continue to be optional in classrooms and labs
Masks continue to be optional on Trent’s campuses and we respect the decision of students, staff and faculty regarding their choice on masking on and off campus. The University strongly encourages wearing a mask when in close proximity to others in enclosed spaces or where physical distancing is limited. Be courteous and respectful of the choices of others.
A face covering means a medical mask, non-medical mask, or other cloth face covering of at least three layers that covers the nose, mouth and chin providing a barrier that limits community transmission of respiratory illness, including COVID-19, among individuals in proximity to one another. A face covering must be securely in contact with the surrounding face without gapping.
Instructions for Non-Medical Masks and Face Coverings
Different types of masks provide different levels of protection. Please make sure to review current recommendations and best practices in mask use from public health authorities as guidelines are evolving. For more information, please review the following information:
Face coverings and face masks (Government of Ontario)
Optimizing the Use of Masks Against COVID-19 (Ontario Public Health)
Get the Facts on Masks (CCOHS)
COVID-19 Mask Use: Advice for Community Settings (Government of Canada)
Instructions for medical and N95 masks
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the type of mask you have received. If you do not have the instructions, you can easily search for the accurate instructions on Google. You may also review instructions for cloth and N95-style masks:
- Wearing flatfold masks (Public Health Ontario)
- Wearing cone masks (Public Health Ontario)