Face coverings are a simple barrier to help prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others. Studies show that face coverings reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. If you choose to wear a face covering, it should be made of cloth or other soft or permeable material, without holes. It is recommended that they be made with at least two layers of fabric.
The University of Missouri has temporarily reinstated our indoor masking requirements for the start of the fall 2021 semester:
As of Aug. 2, all students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask in classrooms, as well as meeting spaces where social distancing is not possible.
For the remaining indoor spaces on campus, if you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to wear a mask. Even if you are fully vaccinated, the university recommends wearing a mask in these other indoor spaces, which is aligned with latest CDC recommendations.
This temporary requirement will be reviewed by Sept. 15.
If you are immunocompromised or have a weakened immune system, it is recommended that you continue to socially distance and wear a mask when in close contact with others you do not live with or interact with on a regular basis, even if fully vaccinated.
All Mizzou community members should continue to monitor symptoms daily, practice hand hygiene and stay home if ill. Vaccination is now readily available to the vast majority of the general public in Missouri and is an important step in reducing the spread of COVID-19 as well as protecting yourself from severe clinical disease.
Face covering guidance
If you are not fully vaccinated or have a weakened immune system, face coverings are strongly recommended when in close contact (less than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) outdoors with people you do not live with or interact closely with on a regular basis.
Classrooms and meeting spaces:
All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask in classrooms and meeting spaces until further notice where social distancing is not possible. Individuals are expected to provide their own face covering, but free face coverings are available at the bookstore for anyone who needs them.
Other indoor spaces
For other indoor spaces on campus, if you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to wear a mask. Even if you are fully vaccinated, the university recommends wearing a mask in these other indoor spaces, which is aligned with latest CDC recommendations.
Exceptions to these requirements and recommendations include:
- When you are alone in a workspace.
- When your workspace has at least a 6-foot distance between all employees or has physical barriers between employees – such as a plexiglass shield or cubicle wall.
- When you are eating or drinking and 6 feet away from others or divided by a physical barrier, such as a plexiglass shield or cubicle wall.
- When you are with small numbers of people you consistently live or work with daily (known as a stable group) including roommates, officemates or lab coworkers.