Face Coverings

Face coverings are critical in minimizing exposure to others near you. All employees are required to wear a face covering unless there is a qualifying exemption. Face coverings must be worn when inside any Miami facility where others are present, including but not limited to reception/receiving areas, hallways, breakrooms, conference rooms, and other meeting locations. Face coverings should be worn outside if it is difficult to maintain physical distancing- e.g. outdoor events or while entering and exiting buildings. Face coverings should be removed while using the restroom and may be removed while eating.

Some employees will continue to work remotely and will only be on campus for brief periods of time to perform work-related tasks (e.g., to pick up mail, supplies, a file, etc.). When employees come to campus, even for brief periods, wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing is required.

Cloth face covering or disposable mask must cover both your nose and mouth. It is important to note that cloth coverings should be cleaned daily, and disposable masks should only be worn for one day and then thrown away. Also remember to wash your hands using hand washing techniques that include soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer before putting on your face covering or disposable mask and just prior to taking it off.

In addition to using a face covering, you should still practice other preventative efforts, such as hand-washing and proper physical distancing, covering your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing, and other preventative measures advised by the Ohio Department of Health at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/resources/general-resources/cloth-masks-or-face-coverings-in-the-workplace.

Exemptions to Facial Covering Requirement

  • Facial coverings in the work setting are prohibited by law or regulation
  • Facial coverings are in violation of documented industry standards
  • Facial coverings are in violation of the University’s documented safety policies
  • When the employee is working alone in an assigned work area ( a single office or outdoors)
  • Instructional staff have the right to modify the face covering requirement for limited periods for instructional reasons, if pedagogically necessary (e.g. voice lessons or wind instruments). In those instances, faculty and other students in the class must maintain at least 6’ feet and preferably 10’ of physical distance from the person not wearing a face covering.
  • There is a functional reason for an employee not to wear a facial covering in the workplace and it has been approved in writing by the employee’s supervisor and the employee maintains at least 6’ feet and preferably 10’ of physical distance from all other persons.

If you believe you cannot wear a face covering for some medical reason and need an accommodation, you should contact https://www.miamioh.edu/human-resources/about/accommodation-accessibility/index.html.