Masks and Face Coverings

The Ontario government announced a new provincial mandate for the use of face coverings in the indoor areas of all businesses/organizations. This means that staff and members of the public are required to wear a face-covering when entering or remaining in the indoor public space of any workplace, business, transit vehicle, or commercial vehicle, with limited exemptions.

Fleming campuses are considered fully vaccinated facilities, and as such, many instructional areas on campus are no longer required to have capacity limitations or have physical distancing requirements.  

As an extra measure of protection, all employees, students, contractors, and guests are required to wear a procedural mask or another medical-grade mask while on campus. These masks should be “tight-fitting” and completely cover the nose and mouth. While these masks are often blue, any colour version of procedural mask is accepted including respirator types such as N95s. Masks must be worn in all public areas and at all times when “moving” around campus, including workspaces such as office areas, instructional spaces, libraries, corridors, and lounge areasAnyone who arrives without a face covering will receive a procedural mask and instructions for use while on campus.  

Effective Jan 20th,  all College Staff may access Kn95s from the Security booth for personal use while on campus. When deciding which style of mask to use, always choose the one that fits you best.  A tightly fitted – 3 ply mask without gaps is the best option.

Employees who work in non-public office areas, may remove their masks when seated and 2m from others, while in private offices or when working alone behind a barrier. Unless in a designated eating area, masks are always to be worn when employees are meeting with students and in all areas that are accessible to the public. Masks must be worn when moving around the area such as to the photocopier.   

Think of “If you are moving you are masked” 

When layered with other recommended public health measures, a well-constructed, well-fitting and properly worn mask can help prevent you and others from being exposed to COVID-19. No matter which type of mask you are using, proper fit is a key factor in its effectiveness.

Learn more about COVID-19 mask use: How to make your mask fit properly – HERE

Choosing your Mask Type:

In general, while non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, medical masks and respirators
provide better protection. No matter which type of mask you choose, proper fit is a key factor in its effectiveness.

To help prevent you and others from being exposed to COVID-19, make sure whatever mask or respirator you choose is:

• well constructed
• well fitting
• worn properly

Detailed instructions on choosing the mask that is best for you can be found HERE.

COVID-19 Types of Masks and Respirators

Peterborough Public Health Unit Directive 

Kawartha Haliburton Pine Ridge Health Unit Directive

Video: COVID-19: How to wear a non-medical mask or face covering properly

How to Wear, Handle and Care for a Homemade Mask

Video: How to wear, handle and care for a homemade mask

Infographic: How to safely WEAR & CLEAN a cloth mask

Infographic: Where a face covering do and do not tips

Face Covering and Non-medical Mask Resources

Guidance from the Province of Ontario: Face coverings and face masks

Public Health Agency of Canada: Non-medical masks and face coverings

CDC: How to Select, Wear and Clean Your Mask

Face Coverings that are Not Permitted

These face coverings listed below are not permitted as they do not provide adequate retention of personal droplets. If you require an appropriate face covering to use while on campus, please see the Info booth.

Vented Face Mask  Neck Gators   Bandana Scarf Sneeze Guard

Face Shields

Face shields provide eye protection. Droplets can still be inhaled around the shield. Face shields should be used in conjunction with a cloth face covering, not instead of.


FAQs for Non-Medical Masks and Face Coverings