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Campus Return Guidelines

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required on campus to help keep your fellow Panthers healthy.

Hands Washing

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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Large Social Gatherings

Avoid large gatherings and opt for virtual-only activities, events, and gatherings.

Physical Distancing

Maintain a distance of six feet whenever possible.

Face Coverings

Wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth to help protect others in case you’re infected with COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms.

Wear a face covering in public settings both indoors and outdoors when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when it may be difficult for you to stay 6 feet apart.

Face Coverings Are Mandatory Unless an Exemption Applies:

  • In a Zoom class or virtual meeting while in an outdoor common area while maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
  • Actively eating or drinking in a public setting, if you are able to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household. Face coverings should only be removed while taking a drink or a bite of food.
  • Exercising or walking outdoors, if you are able to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household. You must have a face covering with you at all times and put it on if you are within 6 feet of others who are not in your household.
  • View the full list of exemptions on the CDPH website.

How to Put on Your Face Covering:

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily.

Wear a Face Covering Correctly for Maximum Protection: 

  • The mask should cover from below your chin to above your nose, and be pinched to fit the bridge of your nose snugly. 
  • Don’t put the face covering around your neck or up on your forehead. 
  • Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect​.

Take Off Your Cloth Face Covering Carefully, When You’re Home:

  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops.
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties.
  • Fold outside corners together.
  • Place covering in the washing machine.
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.

Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands often.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your cloth face covering
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

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Avoid Large Social Gatherings and Parties

  • Please consider the virtual activities, including those planned by the Office of Student Life.
  • Maintain a six-foot distance from non-household members while indoors and outdoors.
  • Wear masks when participating in activities with all non-household members.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing, also called “social distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household.

Inside your home: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.

Outside your home: 

  • Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.

Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

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