Red Hawk statue at Montclair State University

Part 3: Social Distancing

Why Social Distancing Is Important

Social distancing means keeping a safe distance from others not from your household or safe social bubble or cohort. It is meant to be practiced in conjunction with, and not as a substitute for, other actions to reduce the spread of the virus, such as staying home if sick, hand hygiene, sneeze and cough etiquette, use of cloth face coverings and other protective measures.

  • Adhere to all social distancing signage, barriers and other visual reminders throughout the campus. Follow building and classroom signage for entering and exiting classrooms and other shared spaces, avoiding grouping in hallways.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between people wherever practicable in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Eating and drinking during in-person classes or meetings are strongly discouraged in order to encourage use of masks.
  • Instructor/student meetings are best conducted outside of the classroom environment, through online office hours or scheduled appointments.
  • All general public reception spaces will be outfitted with plastic shields where necessary. Requests for additional barriers or shields should be directed to University Facilities.

Montclair State University is actively engaged in implementing a wide range of strategies for social/physical distancing. In addition to the 6-foot rule for indoor and outdoor spaces, the University will reduce space occupancies, limit gathering sizes, adjust furniture and circulation patterns, install barriers, encourage tele- or video-conferencing, and discourage physical contact and congregating in common areas.