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Masks mandatory at most Calgary post-secondary institutions in fall

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - A sign for the University of Calgary's MacEwan Student Centre in Calgary. (PHOTO: Chelsey Harms, 660 News)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Most post-secondary institutions in Calgary are expected to make masks mandatory for students and staff come the fall semester.

Following the City of Calgary’s mask policy, the schools will likely mandate the wearing of face coverings in all indoor spaces, including shared spaces, washrooms and elevators.

Masks have been officially required in indoor public spaces in Calgary since Aug. 1.

Face mask rules at the University of Calgary and SAIT also came into effect Aug. 1. Mount Royal University put their policy in place a week earlier.

The Alberta government plans to distribute 1.6 million reusable masks in the fall. Each student will receive two masks as part of that mandate.

Alberta Minister of Education Adriana Lagrange says the province began procuring masks as a contingency. They come from two separate contracts totalling $4.2 million.