Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Facial Coverings

Facial coverings both indoors and outdoors are optional for members of our community who are up-to-date with respect to COVID-19 vaccinations (meaning fully vaccinated and boosted when eligible). Those who are not up-to-date on vaccinations must continue to follow mitigation measures, including wearing facial coverings while indoors.

There are several circumstances in which individuals will still be required to wear a high-quality, well-fitting facial covering indoors, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Anyone who has tested positive (wear for at least three days following the seven days of isolation).
  • Anyone who has been a close contact of a positive case within 10 days of exposure.
  • Anyone visiting or working at Tartan Testing or University Health Services.
  • Anyone in a university child care setting, including the Cyert Center for Early Education and The Children’s School.

If you cannot wear a facial covering due to a medical condition, please contact either the Office of Disability Resources (students) or HR Disability Services (employees) to request an exemption.

High-quality, well-fitting facial coverings, including KN95 masks are available at no cost to students, faculty and staff. To request a facial covering, please email In compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the university’s Respiratory Protection Program, we are unable to distribute N95 masks.

Additional information regarding facial coverings is available here: Your Guide to Masks | CDC

Disposable Facial Coverings Available Throughout Campus

  • KN95 masks are available in vending machines at several locations on campus
  • The three-layered, disposable facial coverings available throughout campus are high quality, latex free and contain elastic ear loops.

    They are available at Wean Hall, Scott Hall, Roberts Engineering Hall, Robert Mehrabian CIC, Newell-Simon Hall, Hamerschlag Hall, Hunt Library, CUC, Gates and Hillman Centers, Tepper School of Business, Doherty Hall, Warner Hall, College of Fine Arts, Hamburg Hall, Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall, ANSYS Hall, Purnell Center for the Arts, Smith Hall, TCS Hall, Posner Center, FMS Building, Skibo Gym, Baker-Porter Hall, HOA/Posner, Cyert Hall, Pittsburgh Technology Center, Mellon Institute, all Dining locations, Software Engineering Institute, 4612 and 4615 Forbes Avenue, 4516, 4618 and 4620 Henry Street; Whitfield Hall, 205, 300, 311, 319 and 407-409 South Craig Street; 4609 Winthrop Street, 4721 Fifth Avenue and 477 Melwood Avenue.

Examples of Inadequate Facial Coverings

Facial coverings that are not considered high-quality, well-fitting include:

  • Masks with exhalation valves 
  • Bandanas
  • Gaiters
  • Scarves
  • Ski masks
  • Balaclavas

Cloth Facial Covering Tips

icon of a mask with arrows pointing to covering nose and mouthWear your facial covering correctly

  • The facial covering should cover your nose and mouth and be secured under your chin.
  • Don’t put the facial covering around your neck or up on your forehead.
  • Don’t touch the facial covering, but if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

icon of a maskRemove facial covering carefully when you get home

  • Handle facial covering only by the ear loops or ties.
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after.

icon of clothes washerWash facial covering after each use

  • Wash facial covering with your regular laundry or hand wash in water.
  • Hang your facial covering in direct sunlight to dry completely. If you cannot hang it in direct sunlight, hang or lay it flat and let it dry completely.
  • Do not iron.

Additional Resources

Please note that some of the articles linked below are behind a paywall.