George Mason University


All faculty, staff, students, guests, vendors, and visitors must wear face coverings on campus and in university buildings (including during class), in accordance with University Policy 1415.

Face coverings should meet CDC Face Covering Guidance, which excludes surgical and N95 masks. Use of these specific  masks should be limited to patients to prevent transmission and to health care staff who are interacting with sick individuals at close range.

The university will provide two reusable face coverings to Mason students, faculty and staff. You can also use your own. Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will provide coverings to units/departments. University Life will oversee the distribution of face coverings to students.

Student on Mason Campus works on laptop while wearing mask

Mason will give you two reusable face coverings. Wear one when you're in buildings or in common areas, both indoors and out.

Mason requires face coverings when:

  • Entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time inside university buildings.
  • It is not possible to maintain physical distancing in such areas as:
    • Common walkways and foot paths.
    • When riding Mason Shuttles and at shuttle stops.
    • State vehicles holding more than one person.
    • Common areas (hallways, classrooms, research spaces, shared work areas, elevators, restrooms, retail spaces, as well as outside areas where people might congregate).

You don’t need a face covering when:

  • Eating or drinking.
  • Exercising outside, away from people.
  • Swimming or other water-based activities.
  • Communicating with someone who is hearing impaired, when the mouth needs to be visible.
  • Medical situations such as:
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Loss of consciousness, incapacitation, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
    • Access to your face is required to provide medical assistance.
  • Health conditions that prohibit wearing a face covering.
  • When you're alone.

When you take off your mask, store it in a labeled, sealed bag. Do not share it with anyone else.

Face coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Be made of more than one layer of breathable fabric.
  • Be washable and dryable without damage or a change in shape.

When using your face covering:

  • Wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60 percent alcohol) before putting it on.
  • Place the face covering over your mouth and nose and under the chin.
  • Ensure there are no gaps between your face and the covering.
  • Be aware that if you touch your face or adjust your face covering after you've touched other objects, you can spread virus to your face.
  • Remove your face covering from behind the ears. Try not to touch the front of the covering or your face.
  • Don’t use the covering for more than one day without washing with regular laundry detergent.
  • Replace and dispose of soiled, damaged (ripped or punctured) or visibly contaminated coverings.

If you can’t wear a face covering due to health concerns, contact Employee Relations at 703-993-3878.

Supervisors can verify whether an employee has an exception to the face covering requirement by contacting Employee Relations; the reason for the exception will remain confidential.

If you encounter people who are not wearing a face covering, maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet. Don’t call the police or local health department.