Information about masks
In May 2020, based on the public health guidance available at that time, the University of Toronto started offering branded, two-layer non-medical masks to all students, faculty members, staff members and librarians for personal use. These masks are no longer being distributed.
The Public Health Agency of Canada suggested in November 2020 that non-medical masks have three layers to provide added protection. However, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada and Public Health Ontario clarified that existing two-layer masks can still be used and do not need to be discarded if they are well maintained and well fitting.
If you have a U of T-branded two-layer mask that covers your nose, mouth and chin without gapping and allows you to breathe easily, you may add a third layer to it for added protection. Please see Toronto Public Health’s guidelines for the use of face masks for instructions.
If wearing a mask while working with hazardous material when conducting required onsite activities (e.g. biological agents, flammable chemicals, radioactive agents), please speak to your supervisor/principal investigator about appropriate and safe use of face coverings and masks.
More information on masks and the University’s Policy on Non-Medical Masks can be found in UTogether's FAQs.