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Face Coverings: Q&A

Current Status: Face Coverings Optional

Starting Monday, May 10, 2021, South Dakota State University will be a “face coverings optional” environment.

News Release: SDSU Moves to Face Coverings Optional Policy May 10


SDSU Face Coverings Protocol Questions

Please read the revised Face Coverings Protocol for information regarding SDSU's face coverings protocols.

When did the "face coverings optional" protocol go into effect?

The revised protocol went into effect May. 10, 2021.

Do students need to wear face coverings in their res halls?

No.

A student’s room or apartment/suite in a Department of Housing and Residential Life facility is considered a private area and the protocol does not govern the use of face coverings in those spaces.

Under the revised "Face Coverings Optional" protocol, students will no longer be required to wear face coverings in the common areas of Department of Housing and Residential Life facilities.

Where will face coverings be required?

Under the revised "Face Coverings Optional" protocol, face coverings are now optional.

How does the face covering protocol apply to dining areas on campus?

Under the revised "Face Coverings Optional" protocol, face coverings are now optional.

Are faculty and staff required to wear face coverings in classrooms?

No.

Under the revised "Face Coverings Optional" protocol, face coverings are now optional.

Are employees required to wear face coverings in their offices?

No.

Under the revised "Face Coverings Optional" protocol, face coverings are now optional.

Do you have to wear face covering when walking outside on campus?

No.

Students and employees are not required to wear face coverings while walking outside on campus.

Do I have to wear a face covering when using a state vehicle, campus utility vehicle or campus-owned electric cart?

Students and employees who travel in a state vehicle, use a campus utility vehicle or campus-owned electric car are no longer required to wear a face covering if more than one person is in the vehicle. Under the revised "Face Coverings Optional" protocol, face coverings are now optional.

Are individuals or groups who reserve and use University facilities required to wear face coverings?

No.

The university is currently operating under a "face coverings optional" protocol.

 

Questions About Face Coverings

For those that choose to wear face coverings, please review the information below to help you with the proper way to wear and care for your face coverings.

Where do I learn about face coverings?

The CDC website has a number of available resources, including a site dedicated to Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19.

How often should someone clean or wash their face coverings?

Your face covering should be washed after each use. CDC guidance indicates that this is at least daily. You can include your face covering with your regular laundry or wash them by hand.

The CDC provides guidance for How to Wash Cloth Face Coverings on its website.

How do I correctly wear my face covering?

Wash your hands before putting on your face covering; put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin;

  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face;
  • Make sure you can breathe easily;
  • When taking your face covering off, handle only by the ear loops or ties, fold the outside corners together, and place the face covering in the washing machine; and face coverings can be stored in a clean paper bag.

More information is available on the CDC website on How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings.

What type of face covering is appropriate?

Types of face coverings can include a paper or disposable mask, a cloth mask, a neck gaiter, a scarf or a bandanna. A proper face covering needs to consist of multiple layers of fabric and cover the individual’s nose and mouth completely. The covering should not be overly tight or restrictive.

Any mask that incorporates a valve that is designated to facilitate easy exhaling, mesh masks or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material or vents are not sufficient face coverings because they allow droplets to be released.

Face coverings are not a substitute replacement for social distancing, but are essential in situations when it is difficult maintaining a 6-foot distance from others.

How will face coverings slow the spread of COVID-19?

The COVID-19 virus is mostly spread by respiratory droplets through close contact between people when they talk, cough or sneeze. Many people with COVID-19 do not show symptoms but can still spread the virus to others, especially when they have had prolonged exposure with another person.

The CDC recommends people should wear a face covering in public to limit the spread of respiratory droplets and help to protect people around you in case you are infected and do not know it.