This guidance applies to everyone using UVM facilities and event spaces. This includes UVM employees, students, vendors, contractors, volunteers, and anyone visiting UVM buildings for conferences, meetings, and events. This guidance also applies to UVM owned or leased buildings and spaces, including off-campus sites and retail locations.
Face Coverings are required in the State of Vermont
Effective August 1, 2020, in Vermont, you are required to wear a face mask in public spaces, any time it is not possible to keep a 6-foot distance from others who are not part of your household. See Wear a Face Mask to Keep COVID-19 from Spreading from Vermont Department of Health.
Guidance for Face Coverings at UVM
As of April 25, 2020, face coverings are to be worn at UVM whenever you are in the presence of other people or in a public setting. Appropriate use of face coverings helps protect others from your droplets when you cough, sneeze, or talk, therefore reducing the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and other disease prevention methods.
Face coverings are not respirators and should NOT be worn for job tasks that require respiratory protection.
Face coverings are required at UVM:
- Inside any UVM non-residential buildings where distance from others cannot be controlled or you are not alone in the space (e.g. common areas, hallways, lounges, stairways, elevators, classrooms, break rooms, restrooms, etc.);
- Inside any UVM residence hall with the exception of your assigned room - students are allowed to remove their mask if they are brushing their teeth or showering;
- Outdoors in busy areas of campus, such as campus walkways, where 6 feet of distance from others cannot be maintained at all times;
- Whenever you are interacting with another person indoors or outdoors;
- When riding in a UVM vehicle with another person; or
- When riding a UVM campus shuttle bus.
- Face coverings are required during strenuous activities indoors, or outdoors when in proximity to others*. In the event that a facial covering is temporarily removed during or immediately after strenuous activities, the physical distance requirement must be increased to 10’ for the duration of the removal.
*Varsity athletes are allowed to follow the guidance described in Athletic Operations plans.
Face coverings are not required if:
- You are inside a private office or single-occupancy workspace to which you can close the door;
- You are inside your room or your suite in your residence hall (see Residence Hall Policies) or brushing your teeth in your residence hall.
- You are performing job duties and remain alone in an area where you control access and you can remain at least 6 feet away from people at all times;
- You are taking a break to eat or drink and can maintain a 6-foot distance from other people (in most on-campus situations this will require you to be stationary and seated) - You must wear face coverings when you are finished eating/drinking;
- When the nature of your work is outdoors, you are not interacting with others, and can maintain at least a 6 foot distance from other people at all times;
- You are working at an area where you are protected by a Plexiglas “sneeze guard” barrier, or similar approved control device, that has been approved in your Fall 2020 operations plan, and you are working apart from other employees, and you do not interact with customers outside this work station; or
- You are showering.
EXEMPTIONS: Consistent with CDC and Vermont Department of Health guidelines, UVM recognizes there are some situations when an individual should not wear a cloth or disposable face covering. Exemptions to this guidance include:
- Children under the age of 2;
- An individual who is unable to or remove the face covering without assistance;
- Anyone experiencing trouble breathing or who is unconscious; or
- Individuals who work in environments where face coverings may cause additional safety concerns, for example, the face covering increases the risk of heat-related illness, may get caught in machinery, or may get wet and increase breathing resistance.