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College Health Centre - Rules Regarding Face Masks

 
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College Health Centre - Rules Regarding Face Masks
by Gaye Viney - Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 1:22 PM
 

Face Masks

The navy College face mask many of our staff and boys are wearing fits within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) guidelines and so is appropriate to wear. The boys are welcome to wear any face mask that fits with the guidelines below . The face mask must cover the nose and mouth snuggly.
From the DHHS website:

What does wearing a fitted face mask mean?
You must wear a face mask when you are leaving your home unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so. From 11:59pm 11 October you must wear a fitted face mask that covers the nose and mouth. This cannot be a face shield, bandana, or scarf on its own. A face mask needs to be worn covering both your nose and mouth. 
  • A fitted face mask is now required instead of other face coverings because it provides better protection. As restrictions ease and movement increases, the effectiveness of a face mask is even more important. 
  • A face mask includes any paper or textile covering designed or made to be worn over the nose and mouth to protect the wearer. It does not have to be medical grade and you can make your own. There are instructions on how to make a mask on the Department’s website - How to make a mask.
From 11:59pm 11 October you cannot wear a face shield on its own. You can wear a face shield with a face mask. If you have a lawful reason for not wearing a face mask, you can choose to wear a face shield on its own. A face shield means any film made from plastic or other transparent material designed or made to be worn like a visor, covering the wearer’s forehead to below the chin area and wrapping around the sides of the wearer’s face, to provide the wearer protection.
Further information is available on the DHS website:
 
A three layered face mask is the best protection you can get but not mandated as you can see in the highlighted point.
  • The face mask must cover the nose and mouth snuggly.
  • Disposable masks are for single use only and must be discarded after each use.
  • A face mask must be washed each day. Hand washing is ok with a detergent and warm water, rinsed well and completely dried.
  • You should refrain from touching the front of the face mask while wearing it.
  • If your face mask gets wet it must be replace immediately as it will no longer be effect. This is for both fabric or disposable face masks. .
  • Remember to wash and /or sanitize your hands regularly.
  • If you are unwell you must stay at home.
If you have any symptoms of COVID -19
  1. Runny nose
  2. Temperature of 37.5 or above
  3. Persistent cough
  4. No sense of smell or taste
Please be tested and stay at home isolated until you receive your results.
Stay safe and well