Using Face Coverings

Learn more about the different types of masks, how to wear them correctly and how to gently remind others on campus to wear a mask.

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.