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Masks now required at UM

See mask distribution times and locations, applies to all students, staff and visitors in shared and common spaces on campus

UPDATED Sept. 16.

All UM faculty, staff and students—as well as visitors, contractors and vendors—are now required to wear a face mask in all indoor common or shared spaces on campus. In addition, masks are also required where social distancing cannot be maintained in any campus setting.

This policy took effect on Aug. 24 on the Bannatyne campus, and on Sept. 1, 2020 for all UM campuses.

Where are masks required on campus?

Masks are required in all indoor common or shared spaces on campus and where social distancing cannot be maintained. This includes hallways, lobbies, libraries, classrooms, labs, study spaces, elevators and other designated shared or common spaces.

Masks are not required in individual offices unless physical distancing cannot be maintained.

In classrooms, students and instructors may choose to remove their masks if they maintain a two-metre distance from others.

In the Active Living Centre, the Joe Doupe Recreation Centre and other recreation facilities, masks may be removed while exercising, as long as physical distancing is maintained.

Students living in residence are asked to wear a face mask in all common and designated areas.

Distribution of cloth masks

Faculty, staff, and students will be given a reusable cloth mask. Please note that due to limited quantities, no more than 2 masks per person are available.

View this video to see how to properly wear a non-medical mask. Or visit the UM COVID-19 website for more information.

Pickup details are below.

Fort Garry Campus:

At the Fort Garry campus, students and staff may pick up their masks at the following locations:

    • Welcome Centre from 10am – 2pm M-F
    • Elizabeth Dafoe Library from 10am – 6pm M-F
    • Science and Technology Library from 10am – 6pm M-F

Bannatyne Campus:

The requirement to wear masks took effect August 24, 2020.  Pick up locations and hours of operation are:

  • Brodie Centre main doors, 727 McDermot Avenue from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Dentistry building, 780 Bannatyne Avenue from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Apotex side entrance, 750 McDermot Avenue from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Rehab Sciences building, 771 McDermot Avenue from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 


As health and safety is our overarching priority, strict protocols are being followed at these stations including plexiglass shields, hand sanitizing stations, signage and fencing to ensure directional consistency and socially distanced flow throughout. 

In order to avoid congestion, you should pick up your masks when you are coming to campus(es) to avoid making a special trip.

More on mask use

As Manitoba’s only research intensive university, UM plays an important role in maintaining the health and safety of our campuses and the broader community. By requiring masks to be worn in all of its facilities, the university is demonstrating a clear commitment to support Manitoba’s efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

When properly used, face masks covering the nose and mouth help to limit the dispersion of coughs/sneezes; reduce the frequency of face touching; and have been shown to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in combination with social distancing and good hand hygiene. The decision to require masks on campus was recommended by UM’s COVID Recovery Working Group and approved by the Vice-President (Administration) and the President. 

Remember: stay home if you are feeling unwell 

Employees and students should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and ensure they are able to answer “no” to the following questions based on the Shared Health Manitoba screening protocol: 

Do you have any of these symptoms: cough, fever, difficulty breathing, sudden loss of smell? 
Have you been out of the country in the last 2 weeks? 
Are you in contact with someone who has COVID-19? 

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you must stay home.

Read more about the Recovery Working Group and phased approach to recovery of approved activities. For more information for students, staff and faculty, visit the COVID-19 webpage.

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