When are face coverings required?
Whenever in buildings or spaces on campus where you cannot maintain at least six feet of distance from others who are not in your household.
Are masks and other face coverings effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19?
This pandemic presents challenges that must be addressed collectively. Face masks provide protection primarily for those near the person wearing a mask, so you can consider this an example of shared responsibility: “I’m wearing my mask to protect you; please return the favor by wearing your mask to protect me.”
Can I make or wear my own mask or face covering?
Yes. SOU employees and students are required to wear personal face masks or coverings, whether commercially produced or homemade. Cloth or disposable masks are acceptable, as are buffs, bandanas, scarves, towels and other materials that cover the nose and mouth. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips on how to make and wear your own face masks.
What if I don’t have my own face covering – are there any available on campus?
Yes. Employees and students are encouraged to provide their own reusable face coverings, but the university has a limited supply of disposable masks available for those who are unable to make or buy their own. Masks can be obtained, without charge, at the Human Resources office in Churchill Hall or at the Student Health and Wellness Center.
What kind of disposable mask should I wear, and how long can I wear it?
A new disposable (paper) face mask should be worn each day and used ones should be thrown away. Please do not use N95 or surgical masks, which should be reserved for health care workers.
Do I need to wear a face covering if I’m working or studying alone?
You do not need to wear a face covering when working or studying alone, if you are in a private space with no one else present. However, you should wear a face covering if you are in a public space such as the library – even when working or studying alone – if others could come into the space.
Are face coverings required outdoors?
Yes. They should be worn in outdoor spaces on campus whenever others are nearby.
Are there exceptions to the face covering requirement?
Yes. Masks and other face coverings should not be worn by children under 2 or those with medical conditions such as trouble breathing or inability to remove a face covering without assistance.
Will face coverings be required in residence halls?
Students who are in their residence hall rooms by themselves or with their roommates are not required to wear face coverings. However, coverings should be worn in all common spaces of residence halls, such as hallways, stairways, elevators and meeting or recreational rooms.