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Face Coverings

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Face Covering Guidelines
  • Face coverings are required in the following indoor settings

    Face coverings are required in the following indoor settings: 

    • While on any UC campus with its research, teaching, or public services (including clinical care) missions or programs, including University Housing.
    • When using any university owned or operated vehicle if there is more than one person in the vehicle. 
    • On public transit (examples: airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares) and in transportation hubs (examples: airport, bus terminal, marina, train station, seaport or other port, subway station, or any other area that provides transportation).
    • Indoors in childcare, K-12 schools
    • Healthcare settings (e.g. Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services)
    • State and local correctional facilities and detention centers
    • Homeless shelters
    • Long term care settings and Adult and Senior Care Facilities

    In order to assist the UCR community to adhere to the face covering requirements, EH&S is providing face coverings for UCR personnel. Individuals should review the options and availability for face coverings below and submit a request for the appropriate number. 

  • Worn face coverings must meet the following criteria:

    Worn face coverings must meet the following criteria:

    • Acceptable face coverings include: surgical masks, medical procedure masks, NIOSH-certified respirators, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers.
      • Face coverings must cover the nose, mouth, and chin.
      • Face coverings are not acceptable if (i) they have one layer, or (ii) if light shines through the face covering when held up to a light source.  
      • Worn respirators may not be equipped with valves. 
         
    • Unacceptable face coverings include: scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, bandanas, turtlenecks, collars, or other single-layered fabrics. 
  • Per CDPH guidance, the following individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings

    Per CDPH guidance, the following individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings at all times: 

    • Persons younger than two years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
    • When working alone in a closed office, room, or vehicle. 
    • While eating or drinking at the workplace, provided employees are at least six feet apart and outside air supply to the area; if indoors, has been maximized to the extent possible.
    • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.
      • If accommodations are required, please contact the UCR Disability Management Office (disabilitymanagement@ucr.edu). 
      • Individuals exempted from wearing face coverings due to medical condition, mental health condition, or disability shall wear an effective non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom if their condition or disability permits it.
    • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
      • A face shield with drape must be worn if this criterion is met. Please complete the face covering request form below.
    • Persons who need to see a speaker’s (e.g., professor, teaching assistant) mouth or facial expressions to understand speech or sign language, respectively. 
      • A face shield with drape must be worn if this criterion is met. Please complete the face covering request form below
    • Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
  • What mask should I wear?

    The California Department of Public Health recommends using surgical masks or well-fitted higher-level respirators (e.g. N95s, KN95, etc.).

Where to Get Masks

Students: The Well is providing free masks and COVID-19 Wellness kits to UCR
students.
Request Masks or Wellness Kit 

Employees: Request free masks online from Environmental Health &
Safety.
Request Masks