Easy ways to protect yourself and others on campus during COVID-19

August 28, 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an overwhelming amount of information, facts, rules and protocols to digest. We've brought together the key points to keep in mind to protect your health and safety. 

Prevention is key

Research has proven that these simple habits reduce the spread of illness:

▪ Staying home when you are unwell

▪ When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or sneeze or cough into the crease of your elbow, and then wash your hands

▪ Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water

▪ If a sink is not available, use hand sanitizer (60-90 per cent alcohol based) to clean your hands. If your hands are visibly soiled, use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt, and then use hand sanitizer.

▪ Do not touch your face/eyes/mouth with unwashed hands

Keep your distance

You'll notice new signage across all campuses that will help you keep a safe distance from others, such as indicating where to stand or marking direction of travel in hallways (keep right).
Keep at least six feet (two metres) from others - that's about the size of a queen-size bed. Physical distancing is especially important if you are unable to wear a mask for medical (or other) reasons.

Let’s talk about masks

In combination with physical distancing, non-medical masks are effective at preventing the spread of the virus. Not only does a mask protect others, their mask protects you. SFU asks that community members and anyone who visits campus wear a non-medical mask in all indoor common areas. This includes building entryways and atriums, hallways, stairwells, washrooms and study areas.

These habits are simple, easy to remember, and proven ways we can all say we’re doing our part to reduce transmission in our communities. Regardless of “social bubbles” outside the university, SFU expects all students, faculty and staff to follow COVID-19 safety measures, including physical distancing. Let’s all play our role to keep each other safe.

For more information and resources relating to new and existing safety protocols at SFU campuses, please visit the COVID-19 Resources page or the COVID FAQ page.