Masks please

August 07, 2020

This message is sent on behalf of Jonathan Driver, vice-president, academic and provost pro-tem

Dear students,

Although remote delivery of fall classes means few of you will need to visit campus, it’s important that we continue our due diligence to ensure that everyone who does need to return to campus during this time remains safe.

Wearing of non-medical masks

Accordingly, starting August 10, we are asking everyone who visits our campuses to wear a non-medical mask in all indoor public areas. Public areas include building entryways and atriums, hallways, stairwells, washrooms, and study areas.

Even with limited numbers of people on campus, common areas can be congested, making it difficult to consistently maintain a safe physical distance. Non-medical masks are proven to protect others from the spread of the virus, so we ask everyone to do their part to protect each other. For those who are not able to wear a mask for medical or other reasons, please be especially careful to maintain a safe distance.

SFU branded washable cloth masks will also be available soon – stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, please take a moment to learn how to safely and effectively wear a mask.

COVID-19 prevention reminders

While safety plans are being developed with specific measures for activities in labs, offices and classrooms, the following reminders continue to be core to everyone’s health and safety:

  • Do not come to campus if you have any symptoms of illness
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Maintain a safe physical distance of six feet (two metres) from others at all times
  • Wear a mask when it is not possible to maintain a safe physical distance

Stay safe, healthy, and well.


Jonathan C. Driver, PhD, RPA
Vice-President Academic and Provost pro tem

Simon Fraser University