The University of Minnesota system is updating its guidelines on wearing facemasks on campuses.

Starting on July 1st, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, that includes
contractors, service providers, vendors, and suppliers, will be required to wear a facemask or face covering at all times while on campus or on any University property.

This is a change from their recommendations that they released on June 2nd, the University says, "We now know that wearing a face covering provides valuable, albeit imperfect, protection against the spread of COVID-19, and it is a visual reminder that we must all take precautions to protect our own health and the health of those around us."

There are a handful of exceptions to the facemask requirement:

  • When eating or drinking; however, physical distancing must be practiced.
  • In your assigned on-campus apartment or residence hall room.
  • When you are alone in a room or where a posted and official University notice indicates masks are not needed.
  • When you are alone in a motor vehicle.
  • If you are unable to wear a face covering while exercising at Rec Well or Athletics facilities.
  • In labs or other places that instead require use of a respirator.
  • If you require accommodations for health or disability reasons.

The U of M is also reminding all to continue the basics of washing hands, minimize face touching, good social distancing, and of course if you are sick to stay home.