Face Coverings Required For All

Face Coverings Required For All

Everyone on all UWM campuses is required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing whenever possible. Masks are required when indoors, except when in residence hall rooms or private offices. Masks are also required outdoors in situations when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.

Public health authorities have determined that consistent usage of face coverings can greatly limit the spread of COVID-19. UWM is not the only institution requiring face masks. Similar rules apply at all UW System facilities. The City of Milwaukee and other local municipalities have begun requiring the use of face masks, as have several states and retail store chains nationwide.

A free UWM-branded face mask will be provided to students, faculty and staff at the beginning of the fall semester. You can see the design below. Details on distribution will be provided when they are available.

For visitors without a mask, service/information desks and department offices throughout the Milwaukee and branch campuses will have a supply of disposable masks available.

There are a few exceptions to the mask rule, including:

  • Where an individual’s own health condition prevents the wearing of the mask and the individual has received an approved exception from Human Resources (for employees) or the Accessibility Resource Center (for students)
  • Where the individual’s work or school responsibilities prevent wearing of a mask
  • When working in a personal office or other non-shared space, or in one’s own residence hall room
  • Environments where hazards exist that create a greater risk by wearing a mask, such as engineering bays, or biology, research and instructional labs
  • When performing physical exertion, such as manual labor, running and athletics training
  • When in an indoor area designated for eating food and social distancing has been maintained

In all cases where a mask cannot be worn and social distancing cannot be maintained, alternative methods must be used to limit potential transmission of COVID-19.

Story posted July 24, 2020