Face Coverings in Housing

In an effort to protect you and our campus community, face coverings are required in all open campus housing buildings.

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain especially in areas of significant community-based transmission like public spaces in campus buildings.

The CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional public health measure to social distancing.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Acceptable Face Coverings

  • Cloth masks
  • Homemade fabric masks
  • Bandanas and balaclava style coverings
  • Disposable surgical masks
  • Single-use pleated masks
  • Personal respirators (N-95 Respirators should be reserved for healthcare and other critical care staff)
  • other coverings that protect and cover the nose and mouth

How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Side view of an individual wearing a cloth face covering, which conceals their mouth and nose areas and has a string looped behind the visible ear to hold the covering in place. The top of the covering is positioned just below the eyes and the bottom extends down to cover the chin. The visible side of the covering extends to cover approximately half of the individual's cheek.

Cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric if possible
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to the shape

More information from the CDC