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Texas A&M Face Covering Frequently Asked Questions

Published on Fri 05/07/21
The health and safety of the Aggies (students, faculty, and staff), especially of vulnerable individuals, is of paramount importance. The primary purpose of wearing a face covering is to reduce the amount of virus spreading from the wearer (who may not know they are spreading the virus) into the environment and to others. The secondary purpose of the face covering is to reduce the likelihood that large droplets containing virus that are generated by others may enter the nose and mouth of the wearer. Within indoor spaces, the use of a face covering does not replace the recommendation to maintain physical distances from others. While physical distancing may not always be possible, at least 6 feet of physical distancing is still recommended. Following CDC guidance, and to protect your fellow Aggies against COVID-19:
  1. All individuals must wear face coverings (cloth face covering, surgical mask, etc.) in indoor public areas on campus, except where marked otherwise, even if alone (includes all non-private office or residential spaces such as lobbies, restrooms, classrooms, teaching laboratories, research laboratories, common spaces in residence halls, conference rooms, and break rooms). Disposable filtering facepiece respirators, such as KN95 and N95s are appropriate. 
  2. In outdoor spaces where 6 feet of physical distancing is difficult to reliably maintain, face coverings are highly recommended.
  3. Currently, those who have received full COVID-19 vaccination are not exempted from this policy. We periodically review the best available science and CDC guidelines, and may update based upon changing science and conditions.


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