Wearing a mask

When and where to wear a mask?

By default, the mask must be worn by all at all times in all university areas.

As an exception, it may be removed

  • by all for the consumption of drinks and food and for blowing their nose;
  • for lip-reading purposes for the deaf and hard of hearing;
  • by members of staff when they are at their personal workstation if the distance of 1.5 m is respected;
  • by members of staff during a working meeting if the distance of 1.5 m is respected;
  • in the other cases provided for by the Measures in place.

However, when possible, it is recommended to keep the mask on, even at a distance of more than 1.5 m, in poorly ventilated rooms or when talking.


What is a mask?

The ministerial order of 28 October 2020 on emergency measures to limit the spread of coronavirus defines a mask as "a mask without ventilation, made of fabric or disposable material, which fits tightly over the face, covers the nose, mouth and chin and is intended to prevent contamination through contact between people".

The fabric mask should be used for a maximum of 4 hours at a time as the moisture produced by breathing alters the properties of the mask and may allow filtered particles to reach the respiratory tract. Badly maintained, in contact with the skin and respiratory tract, contamination (viruses, bacteria or fungi) is possible. Machine cleaning at 60°C after each use is essential.

Good to know: there are masks equipped with a small rectangular visor allowing the view of the mouth and therefore lip reading for deaf and hard of hearing people. More information here.

The industrial mask with a ventilation valve is not effective and therefore not authorised. Scarves, neck covers and bandanas are not acceptable alternatives either.

The mask type FFP2 and FFP3 remains for medical use or for activities with defined risks.


Why wear a mask?

The fabric mask picks up the particles or bodily fluids that we emit.

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.