Face masks required on campus beginning May 20

Contact: Ross Stout

We encourage you to wear a mask immediately. Please review these guidelines and care instructions regarding the use of face masks to protect the health and safety of all on campus.

To protect the health and safety of those around us, all students and employees currently working or living on campus are required to wear either a face mask when out in public and when social distancing is not possible, including during times of brief interaction between co-workers or friends. Employees working alone in their offices and students who are alone in a room do not need to wear masks, but masks are required if you are on campus and within 6 feet of another person. We encourage you to wear a face mask immediately, however, they will be required beginning Wednesday, May 20.

See below for information about the proper way to handle and wear masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on how to properly wear cloth face coverings. The use of a face covering can potentially slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

If you do not have a face mask, Campus Safety has a limited supply. You may obtain one by contacting them at safety@willamette.edu.

Cloth mask care and safe use

Cloth masks should be washed daily and whenever it becomes soiled. A washing machine and dryer is adequate for cleaning. Do not spray your mask with disinfectants or harsh chemicals. Discard the mask if it has become damaged. 

A cloth mask should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the face
  • Completely cover your mouth and nose (see image)
  • Be secured with elastic earloops
  • Allow unrestricted breathing.

A mask should not be worn by:

  • Children under two years old.
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing.
  • Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Ideally, cloth masks are made from high thread count cotton with two to three layers at cross grains. However, many materials and style of homemade face masks are recommended by the CDC, including makeshift face coverings made from bandanas and rubber bands, or from T-shirts. Visit CDC for information and tutorials on fashioning masks for your personal use.

Disposable Masks

Disposable masks are single-use, meaning they should be used once and disposed of in the trash.

Putting on and taking off your mask

  • Wash hands with soap and water or apply hand sanitizer before putting on the mask.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth or the mask while wearing it.
  • Wash hands with soap and water or apply hand sanitizer before taking the mask off.
  • Do not touch the face of the mask. Remove by handling only the ties or loops of the mask.
  • Wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer after handling the used mask. 
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