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COVID Face Covering FAQs

Is wearing a face covering required on campus?

Face coverings are recommended, but not required indoors or outdoors on campus, with limited exceptions.  

Where are face coverings still required?

Face coverings are still required indoors in healthcare facilities where healthcare is being provided, such as the WELL, and inside public transportation such as busses or shuttles.

Are there other alternatives to wearing a face covering?

Yes, if you want to wear a face covering, but have a limitation that prevents you from wearing a face covering safely, there are alternatives. Individuals who wish to wear a face covering and who work in regular contact with others can wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits. Faculty and staff who require an accommodation such as an alternative face covering or a clear face covering, should discuss this with Human Resources (HR) at the earliest opportunity.

Is there a specific type or brand of face covering required?

A face covering can be a surgical mask, medical procedure mask, N-95/KN-95, or any tightly woven fabric of at least two layers which covers the nose and mouth and has no visible holes or openings. Multi-layered cloth face coverings with ear loops are recommended, as these are easy to put on and take off, and are washable and reusable.

What about N-95 masks?

Consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), N-95 masks should be used only for work activities that present a known risk of exposure, such as medical services. EHS will provide N-95 masks only for those activities where there is a known risk, or where the mask has been identified as a required control measure in the employee's safety protocol. Employees requiring an N-95 respirator to prevent exposure to other airborne hazards (e.g., silica dust or wildfire smoke) will continue to be provided appropriate respiratory protection.

Will the University provide a face covering?

Yes, to order face coverings and other safety supplies complete the COVID-19 Safety Supplies Order Form: