At Alert Level 2, we have increased mask wearing requirements both on campus and in other public spaces in our community.
The info below covers the key general information about mask wearing, as well as the information specific to Otago Polytechnic.
At Alert Level 2, you legally must wear a face covering when:
- using public transport, airplanes (including in arrival and departure points such as train stations and bus stops) and in a taxi or ride-share vehicle
- visiting a healthcare or aged care facility
- inside retail businesses, such as supermarkets, pharmacies, shopping malls, indoor marketplaces, takeaway food stores, and public venues, such as museums and libraries
- visiting the public areas within courts and tribunals, local and central Government agencies, and social service providers with customer service counters.
In all other situations outside of your home, the use of face coverings is strongly recommended.
How to wear a face covering/mask
- The most important thing when wearing any type of mask or face covering is that it covers both your nose and mouth at the same time.
- The Government's COVID-19 website has some helpful information about how to put on and remove a face covering.
- There is also a helpful video showing how to wear a face mask safely.
- There are many different styles available, so you may like to experiment with different options to find one that is most comfortable for you.
When and where you will need to wear a mask on campus
- You will need to wear a mask when in indoor public areas such as the Hub or the Customer Service desks (at Dunedin and Cromwell campuses).
- You will need to wear a mask in some settings due to additional industry health and Level 2 requirements - e.g. health areas, Tapuae gym, hairdressing/beauty etc. If you are using these areas, you will be provided with the relevant information.
- You will not need to wear a mask:
- during classes/workshops (although they are recommended in this setting)
- when working alone or meeting in small groups where distancing and contact tracing is possible.
- You are welcome to wear a mask in all settings if you feel more comfortable doing so.
Remember - face coverings are required when you're in an area where there are lots of people and you will be unlikely to be able to note all of the people you came in to contact with, or in general when you are around people who you don't know. In classes there will be class registers taken, making contact tracing much easier.
Provision of face coverings on campus
- You'll need to bring your own masks/face coverings from home. You may like to bring 2 or 3 with you on your first trip to campus so that you have spare(s).
- If a mask is required, there will be supplies available through Campus Services and at some locations around campus (e.g. Customer Services). We have a limited supply that needs to be well managed, so please use these as a last resort (e.g. if you need a change of mask during the day, or if you have forgotten or lost your mask).
- Face coverings should be changed each day, and either disposed of or washed daily.
- We have ordered OP branded face masks which will be available for sale at Customer Services later in the month - look out for an announcement soon.
For information about how to make a mask, check out the guides on the COVID-19 website.