Masks or other face coverings are required on campus

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, we are asking that you wear a face mask or other appropriate face covering in all common indoor spaces.

Effective Monday, July 27, all employees, students, visitors and contractors are required to wear a face covering in common use areas of University buildings. This includes corridors, lobbies, washrooms, elevators, classrooms, teaching laboratories and meeting rooms, or in any area where physical distancing is a challenge. In employees-only areas, managers will set the expectation with their teams based on physical setup and work activities.

A face covering is defined as a medical or non-medical mask or other covering, including a bandana, scarf or other fabric that covers the nose, mouth and chin to create a barrier to limit the transmission of respiratory droplets. 


This requirement to wear a mask does not apply:   

  • to  people who are unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition or disability 
  • to  children under the age of 5 
  • when communicating with a person who is hearing impaired and the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication 
  • when  wearing a face covering would create a risk to the  wearer  related to their work, as determined by workplace safety guidelines.  

Where to get a mask 

You can bring your own mask or face covering that covers the nose, mouth and chin. Non-medical, Waterloo-branded cloth masks are available for purchase at the W Store.  

Ordering masks (employees) 

We will provide two cloth face masks to each employee and graduate researcher approved to return to campus. To help coordinate order volumes, your manager or supervisor will order for your team.

Managers and researchers can order cloth face masks from Central Stores using the  online stores requisition  form (item code  33-0989).  Faculty supervising graduate students should order on behalf of their students. We will not charge your budget for these items, however you must give an account number on the requisition form.

If you cannot wear a face mask for any of the reasons listed above and would like an alternative, contact Occupational Health.  

We’re all in this together  

For your safety and the safety of those around you, please wear a mask or other face covering where required. Please also remember in your interactions with your colleagues that not everyone is able to safely wear a face covering.