SFU biology department announces mandatory masks, vaccines

August 17, 2021
Simon Fraser University’s biology department has announced that it is mandating masks in all classrooms and lecture halls, and that vaccines will be required for entrance to faculty offices and labs. An email from SFU Chair of Biological Sciences Dr Isabelle Côté states that staff can refuse unvaccinated people entrance to biology offices and labs. “It’s absolutely essential that, very quickly, we mandate masks regardless of vaccination status and we mandate compulsory vaccination for everyone who can get vaccinated,” said Côté. These measures, which are effective immediately, exceed SFU’s current COVID-19 safety measures. CTV News says that Côté has been praised by students and staff, but has also heard “grumblings from school administration.” CTV News (BC)