Face Coverings and Face Masks
When used properly, face coverings and face masks reduce transmission of the virus. In accordance with guidance from the CDC, state and local agencies, Northwestern requires community members to wear masks, regardless of vaccine status, in all shared indoor campus environments, even if they can socially distance, except when in a private office, personal residence or residence hall room, or when eating or drinking. Instructors who are fully vaccinated and who are teaching in-person may do so without a mask, provided they maintain appropriate distancing. Instructors who do so are encouraged to engage in regular COVID testing during the term in which they are teaching.
- See guidelines for mask-wearing in instructional spaces.
- See CDC guidance on the prevention steps (masking and social distancing) recommended across various types of activities.
- See CDC recommendations for more information on how to select, wear and clean your mask.
- See CDC recommendations for choosing a mask for different situations.
Masking remains optional outdoors, though certain outdoor events may elect to require masking based on the number of attendees and location of the event.
Please follow appropriate safety guidelines in laboratories with hazardous materials.
For information on selecting a face mask, please review guidance from the CDC.
Putting On Your Face Covering Properly
- Wash your hands.
- Inspect the face covering.
- Place the loops over your ears.
- Ensure the face covering is worn properly.
Removing Your Face Covering Properly
- Grab the loops and pull it away from your face. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth while removing the face covering.
- Dispose of the face covering after using it. If you have a face cloth covering, carefully put it in a plastic bag after use and take it home to wash it.
- Wash your hands after touching the face covering.