Wearing masks at NAIT

Posted: Jan 4, 2021 5:14 AM   |  Updated: Jan 7, 2022 3:53 PM

Everyone is required to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces on campus. Proper use of a well-constructed, well-fitting mask, combined with other safety measures, can help protect you and others from COVID-19.

Wearing masks is one of the safety measures we have adopted to protect the health and safety of the NAIT community. This requirement aligns with the public health measures introduced by the provincial government.

When worn properly, three-layer cloth masks are acceptable; however, medical-grade masks and respirators are recommended by public health agencies to provide better protection.

Review the information on this page to understand NAIT’s requirement for wearing masks and face coverings. Please make sure you are familiar with the Government of Alberta's advice on mask usage.

Where do I need to wear masks?

Everyone is required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering in all indoor public spaces on campus: 

  • classrooms 
  • lecture theatres  
  • labs and workshops 
  • computer Commons  
  • library  
  • study spaces  
  • public meeting rooms 
  • service areas 
  • food and beverage kiosks 
  • hallways, stairwells, elevators, pedways 
  • washrooms 
  • underground parking facilities 

Where are masks exempt?

Masks are NOT required: 

  • In single occupancy office spaces  
  • For research labs and administrative areas where access is restricted and physical distancing of 2 metres or more can be maintained. 
  • When working/learning outdoors and there is a minimum of 2 metres between people 
  • If you are eating or drinking in designated areas where food and beverage are allowed 
  • If you are engaging in athletic activities 
  • If you have an approved exemption from NAIT’s mask requirement 

How to request an exemption from wearing a mask?

Individuals who are unable to wear masks or face coverings due to medical grounds must request accommodation from NAIT.   

For all requests, NAIT will assess the risks to community health and safety. Each situation is unique. The outcome may look different for each person.  

Requests must be

  • submitted and approved before you come to campus   

  • supported by proper documentation from an authorizing health professional (e.g. nurse practitioner, physician or psychologist)  

Steps to follow for staff requests  

  • Speak with your supervisor. You are not required to disclose the reason for your request to your supervisor.   

  • Human Resources will work with you and your supervisor to assess your request. You will be required to provide appropriate documentation to support your request.   

  • If your request is approved, you will have the option to obtain a mask exemption sticker for your one AT NAIT card.  

Steps to follow for student requests  

  • Book an appointment with a learning advisor, who will review your request. You will receive an email with information and a preferred documentation template when you book the appointment. Appropriate documentation is required to support your request.  

  • The advisor will review your documentation and explore various possible accommodations. They will then provide a recommendation to the program, which will work with Health & Safety Services to assess if and how the accommodation can be made. 

  • The timeline to review these requests depends on volume. Please book an appointment as early as possible to ensure there is time to go through this process before you are scheduled to be on campus.  

  • If your request is approved, you will have the option to obtain a mask exemption sticker for your one AT NAIT card.  

Accommodations apply only to on-campus activities. If you are on a work-integrated-learning site, the employer’s policies will take precedence.

Which masks and face coverings can be worn?

NAIT’s Health, Safety and Environment team has completed a thorough review of the advice and guidance on masks and has determined that respirators are not required for general use in the campus environment and that medical-grade masks, worn properly, provide excellent protection. When worn properly, three-layer cloth masks are acceptable.

As per public health guidelines, NAIT does not recommend wearing scarves, bandanas, neck gaiters or masks with exhalation valves, as these may not provide adequate protection against the transmission of respiratory droplets.

Learn more at alberta.ca/masks.

How do I wear and clean masks safely?

Review the Government of Alberta’s advice on mask usage for complete details on wearing, storing and cleaning masks, as well as ensuring a proper fit. 

What should I do if I see individuals on campus without masks?

NAIT is taking an educational approach to the use of masks and face coverings. Staff and students are not required to enforce mask use in public places (such as hallways, washrooms and eating areas).

If you feel comfortable, and would like to address the non-compliance, start with compassion. Please be respectful if you see individuals on campus who are not wearing masks or face coverings, as they may have received an exemption from NAIT.

If the person is a staff member or student under your supervision, let them know about NAIT's mask requirements and process for seeking an exemption if one is requested. Respect the individual’s privacy. If you are concerned about the health and safety risks to others, contact Protective Services at 780.471.7477.

Where can I purchase masks?

Certified medical-grade masks and respirators are available to purchase at shop AT NAIT.

Masks are also available for purchase through vending machines in the following areas on Main Campus:

  • CAT main floor by the Starbucks
  • Near the NAITSA Computer Commons (W203)
  • Common Market seating area
  • South E-Wing vending bank
  • Second floor of X-Wing, above the shop AT NAIT location
  • First floor of V-building

Vending machines can also be found at the Patricia and Souch Campus cafeteria seating areas and Spruce Grove Campus.

Staff: Learn more about masks for employees (login required)

Thank you for doing your part to help NAIT maintain a safe and healthy campus environment. Learn more about safety requirements and measures on the Your Safety page.