Brescia students and staff wearing a Brescia mask

Health & Safety

Come together, Brescia! Wear a Mask

Choose to lead and care for the health and safety of our bold community.

Mask Wearing FAQs

Are masks mandatory on Brescia’s campus?
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Yes, under the direction of the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) and Western University, non-medical masks or face coverings are mandatory for all Brescia community members and visitors when indoors on Brescia’s campus.

Students living in Brescia’s Clare Hall residence will be supplied with two complimentary, reusable face masks. All other students and visitors can request a non-reusable mask at the St. James and Clare Hall front desks, as well as The Hive.

Why wear a mask?
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Non-medical masks or face coverings are required as they provide a barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets (from coughing, sneezing or talking) from traveling into the air and onto others – with the possibility of spreading COVID-19.
What if I can’t wear a mask?
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If you are unable to wear a non-medical mask or face covering, due to medical conditions or other reasons, Brescia will provide a face shield. Students must contact Western Accessible Education to support this exception, and all Brescia staff and faculty must contact Human Resources.

Do's and Don'ts of Wearing a Mask:

DO:

  • DO wear a mask or face covering to protect others
  • DO ensure your nose and mouth are completely covered
  • DO inspect the mask for holes or damage
  • DO regularly wash and replace masks
  • DO wash your hands before and after handling the mask
  • DO use the ear loops or ties to put on and remove the mask
  • DO store re-usable masks in a clean area
  • DO discard masks that cannot be washed in a plastic lined garbage bin after use

DOn't:

  • DON'T reuse masks that are moist, dirty or damaged
  • DON'T wear a loose-fitting mask
  • DON'T touch the mask while wearing it
  • DON'T remove the mask to talk to someone
  • DON'T hang mask from your neck or ears
  • DON'T share your mask
  • DON'T leave your used mask within the reach of others

Help contain the spread of COVID-19

In addition to regularly wearing a mask or staying home, Brescia community members are encouraged to maintain a 2-meter physical distance from others and to wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap – for at least 20 seconds.

What if I don’t have access to clean water and soap?
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If water and soap are unavailable, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
Where can I find additional information about COVID-19 in universities and Canada?
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Students, faculty, staff and visitors looking for additional information can visit the following pages: Brescia’s COVID-19 Update, Western’s Response to COVID-19 or the Government of Canada COVID-19.

Brescia also strongly encourages the download of the COVID Alert App, Canada's free exposure notification app, which helps break the cycle of infection by letting people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear.

Tips to remian social while social distancing

Your time at university is an experience like no other. And, a big part of that experience is creating new relationships and bonding with others. We get that! And, we want you to continue that experience this year – but in the safest way possible.

That’s why we have created a few quick tips to help you socially navigate through 2020, while keeping our community healthy and safe:

Get Active
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Meet your friends outside for a run, walk, cycle, rollerblade.  Feeling competitive? Why not take in a game of Frisbee, golf or tennis. Maybe even try a new sport – fencing anyone?
Get Outdoors
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Visit one of London’s many green spaces, parks and conservation areas.
Get Digital
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Zoom calls and FaceTime are great. But take your social one step further by testing your friend’s knowledge with online group games, like JackBox Games. Or, grab the popcorn and have a virtual movie get-together using Netflix Party. The best part? You can talk all the way through the film!
Get Inventive
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Impress your friends by planning unique social distancing events. Consider ideas like themed outdoor picnics and scavenger hunts.
Get Socially-Conscious
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If you are planning on attending a larger social event, please remember to always wear a mask, wash your hands regularly, keep a safe distance from others and don’t share any food or drink.