This fall, Red River College students, employees and visitors, including vendors and contractors, will be required to wear non-medical face masks at all times while on any RRC campus.
The requirement takes effect Monday, August 31, 2020 – the first day of the Fall 2020 academic term – but students and employees are highly encouraged to begin wearing masks immediately to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
The new protocol, part of RRC’s COVID-19 Policy, requires that masks be worn in all indoor spaces and facilities, including classrooms, labs, workrooms, areas where staff work within 2 metres of each other, washrooms, hallways, elevators, and public spaces. Masks can be removed while eating, but individuals should take measures to ensure physical distancing during meal and snack breaks.
Students and employees can wear a personal cloth mask that covers the nose, mouth and chin. However, RRC will provide one disposable mask each day to any student or employee who needs one. Over the summer, the College went to great lengths to secure enough personal protective equipment (PPE) – including masks – to protect all returning students and staff, as well as hand sanitizer for hygiene stations located throughout its campuses.
Additional information regarding mask usage on campus can be found in our online FAQ. Information will continue to be updated as it becomes available.
RRC has prepared its campuses to safely welcome back an increasing number of staff and students for hands-on learning this fall by installing physical distancing measures, signage, and hand hygiene stations throughout its spaces.
We expect any staff or student who feels ill – even with minor symptoms of cold or flu – to stay home. We must also remain vigilant with respect to practicing proper hand hygiene and maintaining physical distancing wherever possible. The requirement to wear a mask, even if you have no symptoms of COVID-19, adds an additional layer of precaution and helps protect those around you from the spread of infection.