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Masks are critical to a successful fall. You can have the virus without having symptoms. Look out for others by wearing a mask in public.

Why wear a mask?

In a world where a major pandemic spreads from person to person before they may even show symptoms, anyone could be an asymptomatic carrier.

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Wearing a mask or face covering will be a requirement on campus this fall. This unique initiative is an opportunity not only to share your "WHY" for wearing masks in order to help protect others, but also to encourage our community to do the same.

By signing up to be a Mountaineer Maskot, you're becoming a mask ambassador for the University. We'll be sending you a WVU-branded mask and asking you to share on your social media platforms the reason why you wear your mask. Through your social media platforms, we hope to get to know YOU, the people behind the masks and watch you inspire all within the WVU community to wear a mask while on campus this fall.

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Mask Requirements

Wear a mask anytime you’re in a public place unless you have a medical reason not to. Not only does it help keep viruses out of the air, it also reminds you not to touch your face.

WVU will provide a cloth, washable gaiter or mask for faculty, staff and students, as well as disposable masks, as part of the Welcome Back Kit.

Cloth coverings worn on campus should:

  • Fit over the nose and mouth and fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Only be worn for one day and must be properly cleaned before they are used again
  • Not be used if they become wet or contaminated
  • Be replaced with clean substitutes, as needed
  • Be handled as little as possible
  • Not be worn with or instead of respiratory protection when respirators are needed

Where to Wear Your Mask

On WVU system campuses, you are required to wear a mask when in the presence of others and in public spaces where physical distancing may be difficult to maintain, such as:

  • Classrooms
  • Restrooms
  • Student unions
  • Campus transportation
  • Office spaces
  • Hallways
  • Libraries
  • Sports and athletic venues
  • Communal restrooms in residence halls
  • Any other space where there may be interaction with others

Where You Don't Have to Wear a Mask

Masks are not required in personal spaces, such as:

  • your residence hall room
  • your apartment
  • your personal vehicle

How to Wear (and Remove) Your Mask

Tips for wearing your mask.

Putting on Your Mask

  • Wash your hands before putting it on.
  • Make sure it’s completely covering your nose and mouth.
  • Secure it under your chin.
  • Fit it as snugly as possible to the sides of your face.
  • Check to make sure you can breathe easily; if not, readjust or try a different type of mask.
  • Once your mask is on, don’t touch it. If you do, wash your hands.

Removing Your Mask

  • Untie or unloop the mask from behind your head or ears. If wearing a neck gaiter, pull the mask up and off your face from the back, being careful not to touch the front.
  • Handle your mask only by the ties or loops if possible.
  • Fold the outside corners together and place immediately in a washing machine or throw away if disposable.
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth after removing it.
  • Wash your hands for a full 20 seconds after removing.

How to Clean Your Mask

Wash cloth masks after each use.

  • Feel free to wash the mask with your regular laundry.
  • Use regular detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting.
  • Completely dry your face mask after each washing, using the highest heat setting.

Cloth Mask Cleaning Recommendations

What You Need to Know

Review the measures WVU is taking to provide for a methodical and thoughtful phased re-opening of the WVU System that also ensures the safety and health of our faculty, staff, students and communities.

What You Need to Know

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