Wearing a mask

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:

Mask-wearing tips

  • 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).