Starting today, Washington State University is requiring people to wear face masks while on any of the university’s campuses in keeping with the state’s face-covering mandate to slow the spread of COVID‑19.

The state of Washington has mandated that that every person in the state wear a face covering in indoor public spaces as well as outside when unable to physically distance at least six feet from others.

As an employer, WSU will provide masks to any employees who are required to work onsite. Employees may wear their own personal face covering as long as they meet appropriate guidelines. More information for employees can be found on the Human Resources COVID‑19 information site.

Wearing masks have been shown to slow the spread of COVID‑19. Using a face covering is also an act of compassion: you are protecting other people by wearing a mask. It helps prevent the spread of the virus if you are infected and do not have symptoms. If everyone who can wear a mask does so, it will make the whole environment safer.

Face Covering Do’s and Don’ts

Do:

  • Use a covering that goes over your mouth and nose with several layers of fabric while still allowing for easy breathing. It should fit snugly on your face and be secured with ties or ear loops. See resources below on how to make a good mask.
  • Wash the mask frequently using the hot cycle in the washer and dryer.
  • Still stay six feet away from other people whenever you can, even while wearing a mask.
  • Wear the mask in all community settings in grocery stores, pharmacies, common areas in residence halls and buildings as well as walking around campus.
  • Continue to wash your hands, avoid touching your face and stay at home as much as possible. These are the most effective ways to prevent the virus spread.

Don’t:

  • Use a mask if you have trouble breathing
  • Put a mask on a child under two or on anyone who is unresponsive
  • Use surgical or N95 masks. These should be reserved for health care workers who come in contact with sick people.
  • Touch or adjust the mask once you have it on, and when you remove it, be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth, and wash your hands well right after you take it off.

Resources:

Infographic text: COVID-19: Which face covering should you wear? Wear a non0mediacl face covering when in public spaces. Face coverings include scarves, cloth face masks, bandanas. SAve medical masks for healthcare workers and others in high-risk settings. Medical masks include: surgical masks. They may also be labeled as isolation, dental, or medical procedure masks. N-95 respirators. Spread the facts. coronavirus.wa.gov