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Greater Victoria post-secondary schools will not require masks, COVID-19 vaccinations

While encouraged, no mask or vaccine requirements for fall semester
The University of Victoria won’t be requiring masks or proof of COVID-19 vaccination to start the fall 2022 semester. (Photo courtesy of UVic)

Post-secondary schools in Greater Victoria are asking students, staff and visitors to stay vigilant but will not have masking or COVID-19 vaccination requirements in place to start the fall semester.

While it won’t be compulsory, the University of Victoria is encouraging its students to wear a mask in indoor public places, especially where people are in close proximity. Masks will need to be worn in some health-care settings on campus, such as the Student Wellness Centre.

The university is also encouraging those who are eligible to get a booster vaccine in the fall. Students, faculty and staff can also get free rapid tests at the Uvic bookstore and campus security services.

UVic and Camosun College are asking campus-goers to monitor their health daily and to stay home if they’re sick. Camosun said wearing a mask will be based on personal choice and in consideration of others.

Royal Roads University is encouraging people to wear a mask when in close proximity to others and said it will support those continuing to wear masks on campus.

None of the Greater Victoria post-secondary schools are currently requiring proof of vaccination.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control said vaccination is the most effective way to reduce the risk of COVID-19 on campus and strongly encourages booster doses for eligible groups.

“Campuses have high vaccination rates and the risk of COVID-19 transmission in structured settings like classrooms is low,” the BCCDC says.

READ: Bonnie Henry backs B.C.’s COVID-19 school plan, rejects mask mandate as ‘blunt tool’

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