Changes to the College’s Mask Directive

An important change in our ongoing attempts to ensure the health and well-being of students and employees while on campus during the pandemic.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has advised British Columbians of her expectation that non-medical masks be worn in all indoor public spaces. Accordingly, the College has updated its Directive on the Use of Masks/Facial Coverings on Campus.

As of Monday, Nov. 16, the College will require that everyone wear a non-medical mask while moving through indoor shared spaces on campus. Masks are also required when mandatory physical distancing of two metres from others cannot be maintained.

Shared spaces include building entryways, washrooms, hallways, stairwells, shared office spaces (until seated at your desk/work station), and other high-traffic areas. Non-medical masks are also required where physical distancing cannot be maintained.  

Depending on the activity, other safety protocols may also be required. Please ensure you are familiar with both the College safety plan and the safety plan specific to your program, area and activity. If you have a question about the safety plan for your area, please don’t hesitate to ask your instructor or supervisor.

Masks do not replace physical distancing, hand washing and staying at home if you are sick; as these are the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you are coming to campus, please continue to conduct daily self-monitoring for symptoms (and do not come on campus if you are feeling sick).

If you have not already done so, all students coming on campus must complete the student Self-Reporting Acknowledgement form and the COVID-19 safety training in Moodle. Employees are required to complete an Self-Reporting Acknowledgement form and COVID-19 safety training which can be found on the employee myOkanagan Covid-19 Resources page

Thank you for your continued efforts as we all do our part to keep the OC community healthy and safe.