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Keep Wearing Those Masks

Posted in: COVID Information

Proper face coverings have proven to work to reduce COVID-19 spread and wearing them will continue to help keep our campus community safe.

“I wear my mask because I care about you and I care about keeping campus healthy,” says University Health Center Director Patricia Ruiz.

The surge of COVID-19 cases globally is a reminder to stay vigilant with your mask wearing. Remember, a properly fitting mask helps to protect you from COVID-19.

“Choose a mask that fits snugly against your face and covers your nose and mouth,” advises Ruiz. “A well-fitting mask has no gaps and you may see the mask material move with your breath, because it’s not leaking out of the sides. To increase protection consider a thicker mask or wearing a disposable mask under a cloth mask.”

The University follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for mask wearing. For those who may be unfamiliar with our policy, the following rules apply to all students, employees, contractors and visitors:

  • Masks must be worn at all times indoors, except when alone in a private room. You may remove your mask briefly when eating and drinking, but only when you are able to keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others.
  • Masks must be worn at all times inside University vehicles, including buses and shuttles.
  • Everyone coming to a campus facility must wear a multilayer face covering, regardless of whether the person has been vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Masks must cover both the nose and mouth and should fit snugly around the face.
  • Outdoors: Masks are required outdoors in crowded settings or when participating in outdoor activities that involve close contact with other people.

A limited number of exceptions may be permitted, including allowing performers on stage and intercollegiate athletes engaging in sports activities to remove their masks. Such exemptions are based on established best practices and approved by the Presidential Advisory Committee.

For more information on mask wearing visit the CDC website.