Change in face covering requirement

Dear University community,

Thank you for all you are doing to keep our campus and community safe. We are all learning and adapting to the new environment, which may be with us for a while. In the spirit of remaining flexible and making adjustments as needed, we are modifying the face covering requirements we announced Tuesday. After further discussions with our Incident Command experts, university leaders and members of our university community, we decidedindividuals who are outdoors and alone on campus do not have to wear a face covering.

The rest of the new requirements remain without change. These requirements include the expectation that all students, faculty and staff wear face coverings in university buildings, classrooms, and when outdoors with other people, even if the individuals are roommates or family members. You can see the updated full policy below with the change in bold type.

We also want to remind everyone – students, faculty and staff – to complete the mandatory COVID-19 training and use the #CampusClear app to check symptoms daily. The deadline for the student mandatory training was Aug. 24, and Sept. 5 for the faculty and staff training. Many of you are using the app and have completed the training, but not all. It is critical that you do this at your earliest convenience.

New Outdoor Face Covering Requirements:

1.Wear face coverings whenever you are on campus even when you are outside, unless you are alone.This policy means those who share a household (roommates, family members, etc.) will also wear face coverings when outdoors together on campus. This outdoor requirement will apply to the entire campus,including the MU Health Care areas.
2.Whenever a face covering is required, indoors and outdoors, it must always be kept over your mouth and nose.
3.When individuals eat or drink together outdoors, they must remain at least six feet apart from others and return face coverings immediately after consumption is complete.

New Indoor Workspace Face Covering Requirements:

Employees of MU Health Care will follow different workspace requirements. Other university divisions may employ more restrictive practices for workspaces as needed.

1.WORKING ALONE IN AN OFFICE: You do not need to wear a face covering while you work alone in a private office with the door shut.
2.DURING MEETINGS: Always wear a face covering in any in-person meeting, even if seated or standing 6 feet apart. Also, please arrange seating at a conference table so that chairs are a minimum of 6 feet apart, including across the table.
3.FACE COVERINGS FOR PUBLIC INTERACTION: Those who have direct contact with the public, whether in a shared working space or alone in a public-facing office space, must always wear face coverings, even when behind plexiglass or other barriers. If you have any questions whether this applies to you, consult with your supervisor.
4.WORKING WITHIN SHARED OFFICE SPACE: If you work in a shared office space where you are at least 6 feet away from others, you do not need to wear a face covering while seated at your workspace, but it is highly recommended you do so. You do need to wear a face covering every time you stand up from your workspace, including when standing and working at an adjustable desk, as well as walking to other locations within the office. This requirement applies even when the workspace has a partition of any height.
5.WORKSPACES WITHIN SIX FEET: If you work in a shared office space and the distance of your workspace from others is less than 6 feet, even if you have partitions, you must wear a face covering while seated or standing at your desk and at all times while in the shared space. In this case, you will also need to eat in a break room or outside. You will not need to wear a mask if you happen to be alone in the shared office for a period.
6.BREAKROOMS: When individuals eat or drink together indoors (like a breakroom), they must remain at least six feet apart from others and put face coverings back on immediately after consumption is complete.
7.Whenever a face covering is required, it must always be kept over your mouth and nose.

Thank you for your commitment to keeping our campus safe.

Thank you,

Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D.
President, University of Missouri System
Chancellor, University of Missouri

Latha Ramchand, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Missouri