In an effort to support community members, the University of Toronto will distribute a quarter million non-medical face masks to students, staff, faculty and librarians – two each – starting with essential workers on campus.
Students will be able to pick up their masks at the T-Card office, student dorms and libraries, among other places – even free, T-Card-operated vending machines are being considered for contactless distribution. Masks will be available for pick up at some locations as of Aug. 24. Further details are available at U of T's UTogether site.
Staff, faculty and librarians, meantime, will receive instructions from chief administrative officers about how to obtain their masks.
The reusable two-layer masks, made of polyester, are machine washable and were selected in part for their durability and comfort. They are intended to supplement the homemade and store-bought masks many U of T community members have been using since the pandemic began.
“As we welcome students, staff, faculty and librarians back to campus this fall, we want to ensure everyone has reusable and high-quality non-medical masks at their disposal so we can all do our part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” said Scott Mabury, U of T’s vice-president, operations and real estate partnerships.
Public health experts have emphasized the importance of non-medical face masks to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets that may carry the virus causing COVID-19.
(By Geoffrey Vandeville)