Dear King’s Community,
Throughout the fall term, masks have been required indoors on King’s campus. First announced on August 10 and later extended to the end of the fall term, King’s relaxed its requirement for communal residence spaces on September 3. This created an important policy distinction: masks are required in “academic spaces,” that is, spaces where people on campus must be present; and masks are strongly encouraged in spaces where people on campus have an option whether or not to be present. This policy was established with the support of King’s Occupational Health & Safety Committee (OH&S), and with its adoption, King’s maintained its important alignment with our neighbour, Dalhousie.
With the end of the fall term approaching, I write to advise that I have accepted the advice of OH&S to retain a mask mandate through the winter term, with some changes. These changes will take effect at the beginning of the winter term. This decision will, I’m sure, cause relief in some and frustration in others. Experiences of the pandemic have varied significantly from one person to the next, and the same is true of our levels of tolerance toward the restrictions and policies introduced to mitigate its risks. This decision was not taken lightly. The OH&S committee’s recommendation was informed by reports of the rise of Covid and flu across the country, placing provincial health care systems under excessive strain and, by extension, placing those in our campus and wider community at greater risk. In addition to this, this decision maintains our alignment with Dalhousie, which announced that it will extend its mask mandate through the winter term, earlier today.
Through the winter term, masks will remain mandatory in the following spaces, with the exceptions listed:
Through the winter term, masks will be highly recommended in the following spaces, with the exceptions listed:
To support these recommendations and requirements, masks will remain available at the main points of entry to our academic buildings.
In addition to wearing a mask there are other things we can all continue to do to protect ourselves and those around us:
Thank you for continuing to support these important acts of community care.
President, Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Law