Masks and physical distancing during COVID-19

Using masks and maintaining physical distance on campus

Physical (social) distancing, and the use of face coverings, are both essential to keeping community members safe, but we know that our residential environment thrives on social interactions. Here’s how we will do it.

Face coverings and close contact

COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about six feet) for more than a few minutes and are otherwise not wearing personal protective equipment, such as masks. Spread happens primarily when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby.

Everyone will be responsible for practicing physical distancing when they are in campus buildings, including common spaces in dorms, and when moving between buildings when campus is busy. To help ensure physical distancing and related health and safety measures:

  • Every student and employee is expected to wear a mask or face covering while on campus. Appropriate masks include cloth masks with no gaps on the side of the face. Bandanas, face shields, and masks with clear plastic pieces are not considered appropriate face coverings. N-95 masks are allowed but not necessary. Exceptions to the mask requirement are:
    • When a student is in their residence hall room, suite or apartment with their assigned roommate(s)
    • When an employee is isolated in their personal office space, which is not shared with any other individual and at least 6 feet apart from another person
    • When an employee or student is driving a college owned vehicle by themselves with no passengers
    • When eating meals
    • When exercising outside.

      Note: Walking alone or in groups does not qualify as exercise within our policy. Therefore, masks must be worn by students and employees at all times when walking outdoors.

    • While swimming in the Jaeger Center Pool.
    • Masks are required at all times, except when exercising outside or in water. (Note: Walking alone or in groups does not qualify as exercise within our policy. Therefore, masks must be worn by students and employees at all times when walking outdoors.)
  • All academic spaces, meeting rooms, and public areas have been reconfigured to allow for appropriate physical distancing.
  • Dining services will offer physically-distanced, on-premise dining, and will prepare more grab-and-go items.
  • Different spaces on campus have been reimagined to create additional eating and studying areas.
  • High-traffic buildings with access points and hallways that make it difficult to maintain physical distance will have established ingress and egress points. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided at building entrances. Signage and floor markings will be in different locations throughout campus that enforce safety measures and proper hygiene.
  • We are using local hotel space, such as the Gettysburg Hotel, to better accommodate student housing and reduce the density of students in campus residence halls. Students will not need to participate in a new or additional housing selection process.
floor and doorway signage with diagonal orange/blue background theme
Look for orange and blue diagonal stripes to identify direction of movement and mask requirements