Update on Masking Recommendations

November 18, 2022

Update on Masking Recommendations

As members may be aware, this week Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore made an announcement strongly recommending that Ontarians wear masks in all indoor public settings, including in schools and in childcare settings. Dr. Moore said the province’s health system is facing “extraordinary pressures” with the ongoing circulation of COVID-19, the earlier than normal rise in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), as well as influenza.

In light of this, CUASA President Marylynn Steckley wrote to Deputy Provost Catherine Khordoc to see if the University has any plans to review its approach to masking on campus.The response we received was that there have been, and continue to be, discussions on this issue.

At this time, Carleton is continuing to follow the Public Health guidelines and strongly recommends that everyone wear a mask, especially at large, indoor gatherings and where distancing is not possible. Carleton also strongly recommends keeping up with vaccinations for COVID and flu in order to avoid infection and/or serious illness. The University says it will continue to monitor the situation.

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