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Cleaning Protocols

Mason has established best practices and guidelines to keep campus facilities as clean as possible.

University housekeeping services follow cleaning and disinfection protocols that follow the CDC’s COVID-19 guidance (Cleaning and Disinfecting Your FacilityCleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities) and includes the use of EPA-approved disinfectants.

High-contact surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected by LT Services, a custodial services contractor, with an EPA-approved disinfectant twice each day during normal operation hours, in addition to regular overnight cleaning.

closeup of hands cleaning a door knob

Part of Mason's protocols focus on cleaning high-touch areas and objects, such as door knobs.

High-contact surfaces include such areas as:

  • Doorknobs/handles/push-plates.
  • Chairs.
  • Desks.
  • Lecterns.
  • Storage cubicles.
  • Demonstration tables.
  • AV Control remotes.
  • Light switches.
  • Elevator buttons.

If faculty members use microphones in classrooms, dispose of the microphone cover when class ends. The incoming instructor will put a fresh cover on the microphone.

Sanitizing wipes will be in or near every classroom to enable students to disinfect individual desks/chairs and for faculty to disinfect the lectern/table/AV controls at the start of every class. Safe Return to Campus Training will include instructions on how to safely use sanitizing wipes. 

Hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed in common areas inside classroom buildings.

We encourage the Mason community to use disinfecting wipes to clean commonly used surfaces (personal workspaces, conference tables, etc.) or shared equipment (copiers, printers, laptops, telephones, etc.).

CLEANING REQUIREMENTS AND SCHEDULE

Bathrooms
High-contact cleaning every two hours during occupancy; full service overnight Cleaned by LT Services Exceptions:
  • Freedom Center staff are responsible for servicing the bathrooms at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center (FAFC)
  • HRL Housekeeping (Residential building common bathrooms)
Circulation and Information Desks
High-contact cleaning every two hours, or more frequently as needed Cleaned by faculty and staff Exceptions:  
  • LT Services (main library circulation desk, Rec Center customer service desks) included in two-hour high-contact surface cleaning
  • HRL Housekeeping (residential buildings) 
  • Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center staff
Classrooms and Instructional Laboratories

Full service overnight; high contact cleaning two times daily

Desktop/tabletop cleaning after every use

Off-line and/or unassigned classrooms and instructional laboratories are not to be used.

LT Services provides full-service and high-contact cleaning.

Faculty and staff to provide desktop/tabletop cleaning after use.

EPA-approved disinfectant spray and disposable towels provided for faculty/staff use.
Common Areas 

Full-service cleaning daily

High-contact cleaning every two hours during occupancy

Outdoor picnic tables two times daily

Common areas include:

  • Lobbies
  • Lounges
  • Hallways
  • Stair rails
  • Elevators
  • Light switches
  • Doors and door handles
  • Break areas
  • Water fountains/bottle refills
  • Exterior building handrails
  • Metal picnic tables
Cleaned by LT Services

Exceptions:

  • HRL Housekeeping (Residential buildings)
  • Freedom Center staff (Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center (FAFC)

Lounges and waiting rooms should be taken out of service wherever possible.

Locker rooms are to remain closed for general use.

Dining Halls (kitchens, service lines)
Full-service overnight Cleaned by LT Services No notes
Dining Halls (dining areas only)
Full-service overnight Cleaned by LT Services No notes
Event Spaces

High-contact cleaning after every event.

Full service overnight.

Cleaned by event staff after events

Overnight cleaning by LT Services

No notes
Exercise and weight training equipment
Clean after every use Cleaned by athletes, staff, trainers EPA-approved disinfectant spray and disposable towels provided for all exercise and training rooms.
Offices, Office Suites, and Meeting Rooms

Full-service cleaning overnight.

Bathrooms and some University Life counseling areas in office spaces get high-contact cleaning every two hours in addition to full-service cleaning overnight

Cleaning as needed and/or after every use 

Overnight cleaning by LT Services

As-needed cleaning by faculty and staff

 

Exceptions:
  • HRL Housekeeping (Residential buildings)
  • Freedom Center staff (Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center
Research Laboratories
Full-service overnight, daytime cleaning as needed

Overnight cleaning by LT Services

As-needed cleaning by faculty and staff

Restricted laboratories are not cleaned by LT Services. Routine cleaning of these spaces is the responsibility of individual faculty and/or staff members.

EPA-approved disinfectant spray and disposable towels provided for all departmental suites.

Residential Shared Spaces (kitchens, laundry rooms, lounges)
Full-service cleaning daily; high contact cleaning every two hours during daytime/evening hours Cleaned by HRL Housekeeping Some or all of these spaces may be closed.