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Cloth face masks required in public spaces on campus

Boise State University continues to conduct essential business and provide services to students during this time of uncertainty. However, safety is of utmost importance. Any and all groups or individuals who plan to be on campus to provide essential services or to perform essential functions must have an approved safety plan on file.

While the safety plan and other precautions were developed to ensure social distancing will be observed, and it remains critically important to maintain six-foot distancing to slow the spread of the virus, there may be unanticipated moments where proper distancing is difficult to maintain. For this reason, and in accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the university is asking anyone who comes to campus to wear a cloth face mask in public hallways and entryways.

The use of simple cloth face coverings is intended to reduce possibility of a person who may be infected but does not know it from transmitting the virus to others.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

While the use of a cloth mask will not protect the person wearing it from being infected, it may mitigate spread of the virus. The university is requesting cooperation with this directive for this reason and in deference to essential staff who must work on campus.

The university will provide cloth masks to those in need. Faculty from Theatre Arts and Costume Design are sewing the face masks from materials provided by theatrical production companies across the Pacific Northwest.

Masks are available for pickup at Central Receiving in the Leatherman Peak Building beginning Monday, April 20, and  thereafter from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.