Information about masks

The University will continue its requirement to wear masks in certain settings until June 30, 2022. Masks will continue to be required in classrooms and in indoor spaces when two metres of physical distancing cannot be maintained. In other words, if you are in an indoor space other than a classroom, you do not need to wear a mask when you are at least two metres from another person, but should cover your face with a mask if you move within a two-metre radius of another person. If you are within two metres of someone, however, you may still remove your mask to eat or drink. The University continues to recommend the use of medical-grade masks where possible.

Individuals in specific circumstances, such as those who have been recently exposed to COVID-19 or to someone with symptoms, may continue to be required to wear masks in all settings, subject to changes in provincial or federal requirements.


Medical masks are recommended 

Medical masks are recommended for all employees, students, visitors and contractors in common use areas of University buildings. 

Medical masks, also called surgical or procedural masks, should hold a rating of ASTM Level 2 or 3. 

Layering a cloth mask over a medical mask or knotting and tucking your medical mask may improve fit and add protection. 

Masks should fit snugly against the face and chin and must fully cover the nose and mouth.  

Toronto Public Health suggests masks should: 

  • Fit your face, covering your nose, mouth and chin without gaping 

  • Be comfortable, easy to breathe through and not limit your vision 

  • Have ties or ear loops that fit securely to avoid adjusting during use 


Where to find a medical mask 

Medical masks are regularly available for purchase on our campuses at places such as: 

  • University of Toronto Bookstore — online or in-store at each campus  

  • MedStore for departments and units across our campuses 

  • University of Toronto Mississauga campus vending machines at William G Davis Building  

  • University of Toronto Scarborough campus vending machines (coming soon)

Purchase or pick up your medical mask before you arrive on campus for class, and look for a rating of ASTM Level 2 or 3. ASTM stands for American Society for Testing and Materials.

In addition, medical masks are available for pickup on all three campuses to community members with an active UTORID as supplies allow and for a limited time. Example locations are listed below. 

St. George campus

  • Robarts Library (near the front desk)

  • Gerstein Science Information Centre in the Sigmund Samuel Library Building (near the front desk)

  • Exam Centre

University of Toronto Mississauga

  • Meeting Place

  • Deerfield Hall (near Bistro)

  • Instructional Building (first floor)

  • MN Grand Hall 

  • Library 

  • Kaneff Rotunda 

  • CCT eating area by IT service desk

University of Toronto Scarborough (located near building entrances)

You can find mask dispensing locations across UTSC campus at:

  • SW entrance
  • ARC entrance
  • Student Centre (in front of SCSU office)
  • Krembil Study Commons (Highland Hall)
  • HW by Pizza Forno Machine
  • Instructional Centre
  • Environmental Sciences Building
  • Sy Building
  • Highland Hall by Bus Loop
  • MW Building
  • Health & Wellness Centre
  • Library
  • SCSU Office

This guidance will be reviewed regularly until the end of the winter 2022 term and in line with public health advice.