Face Coverings & Social Distancing: What You Need to Know

August 4, 2020 - 11:38am

Face coverings and social distancing are some of the most important ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and both are required on campus in most circumstances. 

When you are on campus you’re expected to stay at least six feet from other people whenever possible. Do not gather in groups and stay away from crowds, and make sure to follow all instructions that will be posted on campus signs.

Additional safety measures and guidelines for specific indoor and outdoor spaces, including vehicles, are available to review on the Campus Ready website. 

Face Coverings are required by Statewide Public Health Order, as well as by HSU anytime you are indoors on campus, and outdoors anytime you cannot maintain a 6 foot distance from others.

The face covering must always cover both the nose and mouth. Wearing the face covering in a manner that leaves either the nose or mouth exposed is not in compliance with the public health requirements.

Face coverings are not considered personal protective equipment, but you should be aware of how to use them properly and their limitations. Face coverings will not prevent you from becoming infected or exposed to COVID-19 but they reduce the spread of COVID-19 if everyone wears them. Wearing a face covering will protect people or objects from the droplet spread that can come from your breathing, talking, singing, coughing, sneezing, and more.

The face covering must always cover both the nose and mouth. Wearing the face covering in a manner that leaves either the nose or mouth exposed is not in compliance with the public health requirements.

While indoors, face coverings are required anytime you are not in your own private workspace with a way to manage the entry of others, such as with a closed door. If this is a space someone else may need to enter, such as a lab or other operational space, you must wear it even when no one is present.

Also, anytime you are in common spaces such as hallways, bathrooms, break rooms, foyers, lobbies, etc., you must have your face covering on at all times, even if no one is present. 

Should a student or employee find that they are without a face covering, HSU will provide them at the following sites: UPD, first floor SBS; Jolly Giant Commons; College Creek; Parking Kiosk.

Face coverings must also be laundered after use. Learn more about face coverings and how to maintain them at the Campus Ready website.

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