Information about masks


The University’s mask requirements have been lifted as of July 1, 2022. However, the use of a medical mask in high-density indoor spaces when physical distancing is not possible is strongly encouraged. The University is a mask-friendly environment, and we ask everyone to respect each other’s decisions, comfort levels, and health needs. The University will continue to monitor public health conditions to adjust our response as needed, and we will update you on any changes.

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. 

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  

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. Locations are listed below. 

St. George campus

  • Koffler Student Services Centre, Main Floor (across from the Second Cup)

  • Robarts Library (near the front desk)

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

  • Exam Centre

  • Sidney Smith Hall, main floor (St. George Street entrance vestibule, near Second Cup lobby)

  •  OISE lobby (near the security desk)

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