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Masks

Students, employees and visitors to campus are required to wear face masks as outlined below.

  • In all classroom settings
  • Inside all university buildings
  • In outdoor areas of campus when within six feet of any individual from a separate household
  • In other areas, indoors or outdoors, where required or directed

Face masks must completely cover both the nose and the mouth, be made of synthetic or natural fabrics (not crocheted or made of lace, mesh, or similar open weblike construction or material), and fit snugly against the nose and sides of the face and under the chin. Plastic face shields do not meet this requirement. Face masks should be changed or laundered routinely. For general guidelines about wearing face masks in academic laboratories, please refer to this document.

Face masks are not expected to be worn by the following individuals or in the following circumstances:

  • A child who is younger than three years old; or who is three years old or older if the parent, guardian, or individual responsible for caring for the child cannot place the face mask safely on the child's face.
  • An individual with a medical condition, mental health condition, or intellectual or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face mask. Qualifying conditions may include extreme claustrophobia, difficulty breathing, or deaf or hard of hearing. Students are required to provide documentation of the condition to the University Accessibility Center. Employees are required to provide documentation of the condition to Faculty Relations or Human Resources. Should the use of a face mask not be advised, individuals must maintain proper physical distancing of 6 feet or more at all times and follow all disease prevention guidelines.
  • An individual maintaining at least six feet of physical distancing from any individual from a separate household while exercising at an indoor recreational or fitness center.
  • An individual traveling alone, or with members of his or her household, in a vehicle. 
  • An individual who is actively performing as an athlete at an organized athletic event or who is giving a religious, political, media, educational, artistic, cultural, musical, or theatrical presentation or performance for an audience.
  • An individual engaged in teaching that requires learners to see facial expressions or mouth movement.  In these situations, the instructor must wear a face shield and maintain physical distancing.  A face mask should promptly be replaced when the teaching is completed.
  • While actively eating or drinking in a stationary location while maintaining physical distancing between households.
  • In private living spaces.
  • In enclosed office areas occupied by only one person.
  • An employee seated within an assigned office cubicle which has three walls that are at least as high as the seated individual’s head and physical distancing is maintained.
  • Unless specifically instructed, individuals are not required to wear face masks in outdoor areas if physical distancing of at least six feet is maintained from any individual from a separate household.

Students, employees and visitors should bring and then continue to provide their own face masks. The Centers for Disease Control published instructions for making your own cloth face mask. Supervisors may order through Risk Management and Safety face coverings for employees who are unable to provide their own.

BYU encourages students and employees to follow face mask guidelines as outlined in applicable city and state laws when not on campus.

Two students modeling physical distancing