Everyone on the Macalester campus is required to wear a face covering that covers both their nose and mouth when indoors. Face coverings must be worn outdoors when six-foot physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Face coverings are part of a multi-layered approach to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Other preventive measures—including physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and routine disinfection of high-touch surfaces—need to be maintained even while wearing a face covering.

The following are limited modifications to this policy statement:
Face coverings can be removed while

  • Eating or drinking in a designated dining area, while maintaining six feet of physical distance
  • Indoors in an enclosed private office with the door closed, in an assigned residence hall, house, room/suite or apartment, or for personal hygiene purposes.

Children under the age of two or those unable to remove a face covering without assistance do not need to wear a face covering.

Adherence to the policy cited above is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, and students. Vendors and visitors must also comply with this policy while on Macalester College campus property. The undue safety risk to others means no exemptions to this policy will be granted. Repeated or flagrant disregard of this policy by staff or faculty will be addressed by the appropriate supervisor, Employment Services, and/or the Provost. Repeated or flagrant disregard of this policy by students will be addressed in accordance with the student conduct process.

Questions can be sent to healthresponse@macalester.edu, where they will be routed to the person best situated to respond. Students can also seek assistance through the Hamre Center for Health & Wellness or the Disability Services office. Faculty and staff can contact the Employment Services Department or the Provost.