Dear King’s Community,
First, allow me to wish you a happy new year!
With the term about to begin, I write to recirculate the information about King’s masking policy for the winter, first shared November 30.
A mask mandate remains in effect at King’s this winter term, with some changes from the policy that applied during the fall. This decision maintains King’s alignment with Dalhousie, which also announced the extension of its mask mandate through the winter.
As a reminder, masks remain mandatory in the following spaces, with the exceptions listed:
- Campus classrooms: mask wearing remains mandatory. Lecturers and instructors will continue to be allowed to remove their masks to minimize interference with student learning.
- Library: mask wearing remains mandatory by library patrons except when seated alone for quiet reading or study.
Masks are highly recommended in the following spaces, with the exceptions listed:
- Prince Hall: mask wearing is no longer mandatory but is highly recommended, except when eating and/or drinking.
- Hallways and common areas in academic buildings: mask wearing is no longer mandatory but is highly recommended.
- Gym: Mask wearing remains highly recommended in public areas, including among spectators at athletics games. Participants in games, practices, workouts and other athletic activities, including aerobics and weight room users, do not need to wear masks.
- Chapel: Mask wearing continues to be highly recommended by congregants or visitors.
- Wardroom (and Galley): Mask wearing remains highly recommended among visitors.
- Residences: Mask wearing remains highly recommended in common areas.
To support these recommendations and requirements, masks 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:
- Stay home when you feel sick.
- If you must leave home while feeling sick, wear a mask at all times.
- If you feel sick or have been around people who are sick, be careful of socializing with vulnerable populations such as babies or the elderly.
- Get your flu vaccination and Covid booster.
- Follow hygiene best practices, including continuing to wash your hands and common touch points.
Thank you for your continued participation in these important measures.
William Lahey President, Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Law