University Quad and the School of Nursing Building

Policy on Wearing Face Masks

Last Modified: Thursday, August 19, 2021 10:28 am

Rationale

A growing body of evidence indicates that wearing a face mask is one of the most effective strategies for reducing the spread of COVID-19. To protect the health of the campus community, the University has established guidelines for the wearing of face masks on campus which reflect the guidance of federal and state public health authorities.

Policy Statement

Montclair State University will follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of New Jersey Department of Health regarding the wearing of face masks as a strategy to reduce the risk of COVID-19 among the campus community.

Applicability

All students, employees, contractors and visitors are required to follow this policy. It applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. The procedures below allow masks to be removed in some circumstances, but individuals are always free to wear a mask at any time on University property.

Current Procedures

Everyone who comes to any University facility must wear a multilayer face covering, regardless of whether the person has been vaccinated for COVID-19. The mask must cover both the nose and mouth.

Indoors

  • 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 the others.
  • Masks must be worn at all times inside University vehicles, including buses and shuttles.
  • 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 will be based on established best practices and approved by the Presidential Advisory Committee.

Outdoors

Masks are required outdoors in crowded settings or when participating in outdoor activities that involve close contact with other people.

Resources

CDC: Your Guide to Masks

CDC: Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

CDC: Indoor and Outdoor Activities

CDC: Scientific Brief: SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

CDC: COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review

NJ Dept. of Health: COVID-19 Dashboard

New England Journal of Medicine: Covid-19 Breakthrough Infections in Vaccinated Health Care Workers

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly: Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 Infections, Including COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Infections, Associated with Large Public Gatherings — Barnstable County, Massachusetts, July 2021

The procedures specified above are subject to revision based on new scientific evidence, guidance from federal and state health authorities and the changing needs of the University.