Indoor workspace face cover requirements

Employees of MU Health Care will follow different workspace requirements. Other university divisions may employ more restrictive practices for workspaces as needed.

Whenever a face covering is required, it must always be kept over your mouth and nose. Employees are responsible for providing their own face coverings and should follow CDC guidelines regarding their use.

Working alone in an office

You do not need to wear a face covering while you work alone in a private office.

During meetings

Always wear a face covering in any in-person meeting, even if seated or standing 6 feet apart. Also, please arrange seating at a conference table so that chairs are a minimum of 6 feet apart, including across the table.

Face coverings for public interaction

Those who have direct contact with the public, whether in a shared working space or alone in a public-facing office space, must always wear face coverings, even when behind plexiglass or other barriers. If you have any questions whether this applies to you, consult with your supervisor.

Working within shared office space

If you work in a shared office space where you are at least 6 feet away from others, you do not need to wear a face covering while seated at your workspace, but it is highly recommended you do so. You do need to wear a face covering every time you stand up from your workspace, including when standing and working at an adjustable desk, as well as walking to other locations within the office. This requirement applies even when the workspace has a partition of any height.

Workspaces within 6 feet

If you work in a shared office space and the distance of your workspace from others is less than 6 feet, even if you have partitions, you must wear a face covering while seated or standing at your desk and at all times while in the shared space. In this case, you will also need to eat in a breakroom or outside. You will not need to wear a mask if you happen to be alone in the shared office for a period.


When individuals eat or drink together indoors (like a breakroom), they must remain at least 6 feet apart from others and return face coverings immediately after consumption is complete.