The Province of Ontario has recently revised its public health measures and advice to eliminate mandatory masking in public spaces. Western has similarly removed its mask mandate inside its buildings at this time.
Requirements for in-person research have correspondingly been modified to reflect these changes. Mask-wearing is now a personal choice except in on-campus clinics where patient care is delivered.
All research in clinics is to be conducted according to safety guidelines established by the clinic (e.g., dental clinics still require full PPE by dentists and staff). Please note that PPE must also continue in settings where this safety measure is required independent of COVID.
Medical-grade (ASTM level 3) masks must still be made available to all researchers and participants across all research models and spaces.
Western recognizes that Coronavirus Omicron variants continue to present serious risks and are working with public health officials to monitor these risks and to act accordingly. All researchers are encouraged to continue prioritizing safety in this context. Thank you for your continued diligence.