Less than Half of Students in Link Wear Masks

Less than Half of Students in Link Wear Masks

Good, we didn’t want to see their ugly faces anyway

According to an informal Critic survey (conducted via the sophisticated method of tally chart), 42% of students are wearing masks in the Link. The survey, conducted last week, involved observing students at different times in the Link and on Union Lawn.

Fewer students were wearing masks outside, with an average of 34% of students wearing masks on Union Lawn. That is in accordance with Alert Level 2 guidelines which recommend that masks be worn in enclosed spaces, but are less necessary in outside areas with better ventilation.

Masks are strongly recommended at all times on campus, but they are not compulsory.

A spokesperson for the University said that they “have really appreciated the large numbers of staff and students following our guidelines, the key point being that while masks are not compulsory, they are strongly recommended where practicable.”

They also mentioned that there is no mandate for masks on campus because the University is following Ministry of Education guidelines. Those guidelines state that face coverings are “strongly recommended” but “are not mandatory”.

           Place, time

    Number of people

     Percentage masked

  Link, Tuesday 4.15pm



  Union, Tuesday 4.20pm



      Link, Wednesday                     12.38pm



     Union, Wednesday                   12.43pm



   Link, Thursday 2.44pm



  Union, Thursday 2.49pm



This article first appeared in Issue 25, 2021.
Posted 3:19pm Friday 1st October 2021 by Erin Gourley.