Using Face Coverings

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, Emory University now requires that everyone wear face coverings while on campus. The guidelines below outline when and where to use a mask and how to properly care for and use face coverings.

There are also some useful resources to help you learn about the different types of masks and how to gently remind others on campus to wear a mask.

When and Where to Use Face Coverings

  • Face coverings must be worn by anyone working on campus and in public settings (e.g., common work spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, buses/shuttles, etc.).
  • Face coverings must be worn in common spaces even if you are the only person in the space.
  • Face coverings must be worn in both indoor and outdoor settings.
  • The face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing. You must still stay at least 6 feet away from others, even if you are wearing a face covering.
  • Emory will provide two washable, cloth face coverings for employees who are required to be on campus. You can also wear your own face covering (you do not need to use those provided by Emory). It is recommended that you bring your own to conserve supplies. If you bring your own to Emory, please take the mask home for reuse or proper disposal.
  • If possible please, use a reusable cloth face covering rather than a disposable one. Disposable masks are not recycled and must be put in the landfill trash. 
  • Do not forget to bring your face covering to work. You will not be permitted to stay on campus without one.
  • Those who work in a lab which requires the use of specialty masks (such as N95), should follow the proper protocols of the work unit.

How to Care for and Use Face Coverings

Cloth Face Coverings Should

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Include multiple layers of fabric.
  • Allow for breathing without restriction.
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

Putting on the Face Covering

  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering.
  • Ensure the face covering fits over the nose and under the chin.
  • Situate the face covering properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable).
  • Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.
  • Throughout the process, avoid touching the front of the face covering.

Taking off the Face Covering

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering.
  • When taking off the face covering, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
  • Wash hands immediately after removing.

Care, Storage and Laundering of Face Coverings

  • Keep face covering stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly (daily is recommended). Launder cloth face coverings with regular clothing detergent, dry them completely in a hot dryer, and store in a clean container or bag.
  • Cloth face coverings should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged (e.g. ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
  • If using a disposable face covering (not a cloth one), it must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash after your work day.