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Face Covering Requirements for Campus Activity


Inside Spaces
Cal Poly strongly recommends, but does not require, masks be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will continue to be required for all in health care settings.

Outside Spaces
Students, employees and visitors to campus may be outside without a face covering, regardless of their vaccination status.

→ Visit the Face Coverings webpage for requirements, exemptions, proper use and how to get a face covering.

Important Prevention Information

Know How It Spreads

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • When droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Possibly by people who are not showing symptoms, some recent studies have suggested.

Wash Your Hands Often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid Close Contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
    • Do not gather in groups.
    • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
    • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer.

Clean and Disinfect

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Monitor Your Health

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Student Care Resources

A comprehensive list of care resources is available to students during this challenging time, including on- and off-campus mental health, financial support, and other basic needs services.

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Inclusion Resources

As one Mustang community, let's stand against racism and show that we value all members of our campus. Please visit our Inclusion Resources page so you can help Cal Poly become more inclusive and equitable.

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Community Resources

Looking for something to do? Here are some helpful resources and tips for enjoying the San Luis Obispo (SLO) community safely.

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Travel Resources

Check out some tips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to your family, friends and supporters at home, and others around you while you travel. Get guidance on some steps to take before returning to the San Luis Obispo area and campus.

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