Make wearing a mask a normal part of being around other people. The appropriate use, storage, and cleaning or disposal of masks are essential to make them as effective as possible.

Things to remember about wearing a mask:

  • Clean your hands before you put your mask on, as well as before and after you take it off, and after you touch it at any time.
  • Make sure it covers your nose, mouth, and chin at all times.
  • Ensure your mask fits properly by eliminating gaps where air can pass through. Because no matter how good your mask is at filtering the air, if it doesn’t fit, it does not work. Review how to check the fit of your mask.
  • When you take off a mask, store it in a clean place, and every day either wash it if it’s a fabric mask or dispose of a medical/surgical mask in a trash bin after every use.


Do not wear
bandanas, gaiters, masks with exhalation valves, or clear face shields as face coverings. Not all masks are created equal!

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When to wear your mask

Masks are required on campus in all indoor locations. These requirements apply to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors regardless of vaccination status.

Individuals on campus no longer need to wear masks in outdoor congregate settings, including athletic events. However, people are encouraged to carry a mask to wear in the event social distancing cannot be effectively maintained in outdoor settings.

Masks are also not required when an individual is working alone in an office where they are the only occupant, or when students are in their own residence hall room. Masks are however required in semi-public residential spaces such as parlors/common rooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens.