Face Coverings/Mask Guidelines

The College of Wooster will require employees to wear a face covering or mask when on campus effective May 4, 2020 in accordance with the guidance issued by Governor DeWine.  Employees are encouraged to visit the Center for Disease Control or World Health Organization websites for the most reliable and current information on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Is it mandatory or recommended that I wear a face covering or mask?

Yes. It is mandatory that all individuals on campus must wear a face covering or mask. There is some research to support that an infected person wearing a mask may reduce spreading the disease to others. Since a person infected with COVID-19 may not exhibit symptoms for several days, he or she may unknowingly spread the virus when interacting with others. However, there has not been research to support that a currently uninfected, healthy person will avoid getting the virus by wearing a mask.

Will I be issued a face covering or mask since the College is requiring me to wear one?

Yes. The College will issue every employee working on campus a face mask.

Will I receive training on the proper way to wear a face covering or mask?

Read the CDC's instructions for how to wear cloth face coverings.

Can I reuse my cloth face covering or mask?

Yes. It is recommended that it is laundered regularly. Do not wear a wet face covering or mask.

What is the best way to clean my face covering or mask?

A washing machine can be used to clean the face covering or mask.

What if I lose my face covering or mask, or it is damaged, or left at home?

Please go to Security to pick up a replacement.

Can I wear my own face covering or mask instead of the one issued to me from the College?

Yes, you can. You do not have to wear the one issued by the College. A scarf or bandana can be worn instead.

Can I refuse to wear a face covering or mask?

Only if there is a reasonable explanation for your refusal. Human Resources must be contacted prior. Any religious protections under Title VII or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be respected.

Who should not wear a face covering or mask?

All individuals on campus must wear a face covering or mask. If you cannot wear a protective mask due to a medical issue, like trouble breathing or you are unable to remove the cover without assistance, an exception will be made. An individual whose job duties performed while wearing a face covering or mask present a hazard (e.g. caught-in/ entanglement hazards) should speak to their supervisor. The supervisor will advise on whether a face covering, or mask is permissible while performing work.  A supervisor may determine that additional instruction is needed to ensure the safeuse of a face covering or mask while performing work tasks.  An individual should also notify their supervisor if the face covering or mask obstructs their vision or “steams up” their safety glasses/glasses.

Can I get in trouble if I do not wear a face covering or mask?

Yes. If it is determined that you are to wear a face mask and you refuse, you will be subject to progressive discipline.

Under what conditions am I required to wear a face covering or mask?

Your face covering or mask must be worn at all times when on campus and especially when you are in a confined public space. Please remember to practice good judgement and follow social distancing guidelines.

Do I have to wear a face covering or mask in my office?

If you are working alone in your office, you are not required to wear a face mask.

What are my options if someone doesn’t have a face covering or mask on near me?

Remind the individual of the requirement for a face covering or mask. Direct them to Security where they can pick up their own face covering or mask. If the individual continues to ignore these guidelines, please contact Security.

Do I still have to practice social distancing while wearing a face covering or mask?

Yes. Wearing cloth face coverings is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19. CDC still recommends that you stay at least 6 feet away from other people, perform frequent hand cleaning, as well as other everyday hygienic preventive actions. A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, but it may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important if someone is infected but does not have symptoms. View CDC’s guidance on how to protect yourself.

What should I do if I see someone not wearing a face covering or mask?

Please report the individual to Security.

Who should I ask if I am not sure if I should wear a face covering or mask?

Please contact your supervisor.