Face-Covering Protocol

Face masks are required in all indoor spaces for everyone on the Purdue University Northwest campuses, including students, employees and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

This updated guidance follows CDC recommendations for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. Lake and La Porte counties both have been identified by the CDC as areas of substantial transmission. Support for this CDC recommendation is an important step to prevent illness and save lives.

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PNW Face-Covering Protocol

  1. When you are in a building, hallway, classroom, laboratory, washroom, common area, you must wear a face covering.
  2. If you are faculty or staff member, and in your own private office, you do not have to wear a face covering. When you leave your office and are in the hallway, your face covering must be on. When you are visiting another Purdue Northwest office, you must wear a face covering.
  3. If you are outdoors, you do not have to wear a face covering.

Face-Covering Best Practices

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Choosing Your Face Covering

  • A multi-ply, tightly woven cotton cloth or multi-ply disposable face covering is recommended.
  • Your face covering should allow for breathing without restriction
  • It should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face. The face covering should fit snugly around the mouth and nose. If the mask has a metal wire, it should be fitted snugly to the bridge of the nose.
  • Your face covering should be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Face coverings must not have exhalation valves (with the exception of medical personnel and Emergency Responders).

Using Your Face Covering

  • Before putting on a face covering, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Avoid touching the face covering while using it. If you do touch the face covering, wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Your Face covering should be discarded or washed after every use. Reusable face coverings can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
  • It should not be worn damp or when wet from spit or mucus.
  • To remove the face covering: remove it from behind, do not touch the front of the face covering.
  • The wearer should immediately wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after removing the face covering.