Updated: August 20, 2020 at 12:09PM
Cloth masks like the ones issued to each member of the Notre Dame community are useful in drastically limiting the wearer’s potential to spread infection. From the early days of COVID-19 study, it was clear the illness is often spread via asymptomatic carriers. With this knowledge and the growing body of evidence that suggests masks are effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19, each member of the Notre Dame community, and visitors to campus, should abide by the following protocol:
- Masks must be worn on campus at all times and in all places (both outside and inside), except by students in their assigned residence hall rooms and by faculty and staff when alone in a private office.
- Each Notre Dame student will receive five cloth masks. Staff and faculty members will be provided with three cloth masks.
- Please wash your hands or use sanitizer prior to handling your mask.
- Masks are available for purchase at the bookstore.
The University will provide masks for each member of the Notre Dame community. For those working on campus, the masks will be distributed by supervisors or departments. If you need a mask please contact your supervisor/department, or Tracy Skibins, senior director of emergency management (email@example.com or 574-631-8344). Students received masks upon arrival to campus.
Use and Care of Cloth Face Masks
A cloth face mask should:
- Fasten securely with ties or ear loops
- Fit snugly but comfortably
- Include multiple layers
- Allow for breathing without restrictions
- Be able to be laundered
Putting On/Taking Off the Mask
- Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling.
- Avoid touching the front of the mask.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing the mask.
- Wash hands immediately after removing.
Care, Storage and Laundering
- Cloth face masks may not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after daily use. They should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged or visibly contaminated.
- Keep cloth face masks in a paper bag when not in use.
All who work at the University should also abide by the Respectful Environment Policy. As stated in the policy, “Notre Dame staff and faculty members are expected to treat members of the University community with dignity and respect.” All who work at the University who engage in such unacceptable behavior may be subject to disciplinary action consistent with Notre Dame disciplinary policy and procedures and the faculty handbook or academic articles.