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Face Covering Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Cal State Fullerton requiring face covers?

On June 18, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued guidance requiring all Californians to use face covers when in public spaces to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.  Since Cal State Fullerton is a public institution and our campus and facilities are open to the public, our campus must comply with this guidance.  To review the face cover guidance, click here

What is a cloth face cover? Is a mask the same as a face cover?

Not all face covers are masks.  A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen.  A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.  A mask is a form of a face cover.  Instructions for making face covers can be found online.

Are there exemptions from all face covers and alternatives?

Yes.  The guidance outlines limited exceptions from wearing face covers, including medical conditions, mental health conditions, or disabilities that prevent an individual from wearing a face cover.  Individuals who are exempt from wearing a cloth or other face cover should wear a non-restrictive alternative.  Cal State Fullerton can provide a non-restrictive alternative for employees (faculty, staff, and student assistants) through Environmental Health and Safety by contacting safety@fullerton.edu.

If you believe your circumstances exempt you from wearing a face cover and non-restrictive alternative, please contact the appropriate campus office indicated below:

I am exempt from wearing a face cover, but I need access to a non-restrictive alternative.

Individuals who are exempt from wearing a cloth or other face cover should wear a non-restrictive alternative in qualifying spaces on campus.  Students, visitors and contracted vendors must supply their own face cover alternative.  Cal State Fullerton will provide a non-restrictive alternative for employees (faculty, staff, and student assistants) through Environmental Health and Safety by contacting safety@fullerton.edu.

Do I have to wear a face covering when I am in a private office on campus?

Face covers are required when you are in public spaces and when you are with others who are not members of your household and you cannot maintain appropriate physical distancing (at least 6 feet).  If you are spending time in a private workspace without public access or other co-workers, you do not have to use a face cover in this space.

Where do I have to wear face covers on campus?

Face covers must be worn in public spaces (indoors or outdoors) when you have the possibility to come in contact with members of the public, and when you are with individuals who are not in your immediate household and you cannot maintain physical distancing (at least 6 feet).  Examples of these spaces include hallways, elevators, stairwells, parking facilities, entrances and exits from public buildings, waiting in line to enter facilities, and in retail and vending/food locations when not eating or drinking.

Where can I get a face cover? Will Cal State Fullerton provide me with a face cover?

Cloth face coverings are widely available at retail stores and online, or can be handmade.  A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.  Instructions for making face covers can be found online.

Students, visitors, and contracted vendors must provide their own face coverings for use on campus.  Cal State Fullerton will provide face covers for employees (faculty, staff and student assistants) through Environmental Health and Safety; however, employees may also provide their own cloth face coverings.

Do I have to wear a face cover if I am walking on campus?

Face covers must be worn when you are a public spaces with individuals who are not members of your household and you cannot maintain physical distancing (at least 6 feet).  If you can maintain physical distancing and you are not coming in contact with members of the public or others not in your household, then you do not need a face cover.  However, it is recommended that you have a face cover available to use in the event that you come in contact with others.

How well do cloth face coverings work to prevent spread of COVID-19?

There is scientific evidence to suggest that use of cloth face coverings by the public during a pandemic could help reduce disease transmission.  Their primary role is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well.  Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, washing hands, and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions.

How should I care for a cloth face covering?

It is a good idea to wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Have a bag or bin to keep cloth face coverings in until they can be laundered with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle.  If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.  Discard cloth face coverings that:

  • No longer cover the nose and mouth
  • Have stretched out or damaged ties or straps
  • Cannot stay on the face
  • Have holes or tears in the fabric

I don’t want to or believe I should have to wear a face cover.

Effective June 18, 2020 face covers are now required in the state of California when in public spaces and with individuals who are not in your household and physical distance (at least 6 feet) can not be maintained.  This requirement applies to all Cal State Fullerton employees, students, visitors, and contracted vendors.  Face covers have been proven to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  It is important to wear face covers to protect the health and safety of all members of the CSUF community.

I have questions about the face cover guidance. Who can I contact?

To review the face cover guidance, click here.  If you are an employee and have questions about the implementation of this guidance on campus, please consult with your supervisor.  If you are a student and have questions about this guidance, please contact the Dean of Students.