Why wear a mask?
The ‘citizen’ (fabric) mask picks up the particles or bodily fluids that we emit. However, it does little to protect us against inhaling particles or droplets of viruses.
When mask-wearing is widespread, we protect each other. It is therefore a collective responsibility.
Wearing a mask also limits the often unconscious gestures that cause us to touch our mouth or face.
When and where to wear a mask?
At all times, in all our university spaces, wearing a mask is mandatory.
Staff members can remove their mask while at their personal workstation where the distance of 1.5 m can be respected. ‘Personal workstation’ means the desk, worktop, hood, bench, or equipment on which one usually works as well as one’s place in a meeting room.
Teachers can remove their mask as in auditoriums of at least 50 students, and provided that a physical distance of at least 3 meters with the students is respected.
Second, outside our university buildings and in certain public spaces, mask is mandatory per decision by municipalities:
FFP2-P3 type masks are reserved for medical use or activities with defined risks.
Fabric masks should be used for a maximum of four hours at a time because the moisture produced by breathing alters mask properties and may allow particles to reach the respiratory tract.
A poorly maintained mask can contaminate its wearer by communicating viruses, bacteria or fungi via the skin and respiratory tract. Machine washing at 60° C after each use is essential. Use and maintenance instructions have been drafted (see below).