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COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Facial Coverings

Everyone must wear a facial covering sufficient to cover the nose and mouth at all times — both inside and outside of buildings.

Masks are the most common facial covering.

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

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

icon of a maskRemove mask carefully when you get home

  • Handle mask 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 mask after each use

  • Wash mask with your regular laundry or hand wash in water.
  • Hang to dry and do not iron.

How to Wear a Fabric Mask

 Video from the World Health Organization


Exceptions include: While eating or drinking, if working outdoors during hot and humid conditions, or when alone in a private space, such as an office, assigned residence hall room, or enclosed vehicle. When outdoors, facial coverings are expected to be worn whenever physical distancing of 6 feet or more cannot be maintained, such as on sidewalks and in other similarly crowded or rapidly changing circumstances.

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 as an accommodation. Individuals who are granted a medical exemption from wearing facial coverings are expected to access university programs, activities, and courses remotely or through other contactless methods (e.g. pick-up / delivery) whenever reasonably possible.