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When are face coverings required on campus?

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Effective noon on May 13, 2020, Stanford facilities located in the City of Palo Alto are subject to new face coverings requirements for essential businesses.

Highlights of the order include required use of face coverings when:

  • Working in or walking through common areas such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
  • Occupying any room or enclosed area when other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present including coworkers; and
  • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others.

NOTE: For clarity, a face covering is not required when a person is in a personal office (a single room) when others outside of that person’s household are not present as long as the public and coworkers do not regularly visit the room. Face coverings are required when out in public and recommended, but not required, while conducting outdoor recreational activities, including walking, hiking, biking, or running.

See full detailed requirements listed in the City of Palo Alto Order ID # 11334.

In addition Stanford has further updated the requirements for face coverings on the main campus in Santa Clara County:

When are face coverings required on main campus in Santa Clara County?

Based on local shelter-in-place orders, face coverings must be worn in all Stanford buildings except residences, where different rules apply:

Instances of where it is not appropriate to wear a face covering include:

  • People who cannot wear a face covering for health reasons, including:
    • Anyone who has been advised by a medical professional not to wear a face covering; students in this situation should follow up with the Office of Accessible Education (OAE) to receive an accommodation, and employees should contact their HR manager; or
    • Anyone who has trouble breathing, is incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance;
  • Any worker to the extent wearing a face covering creates a safety hazard at work under established health and safety guidelines;
  • While eating or drinking; or
  • Children 6 years old or younger.

For clarity, although wearing a face covering is one tool for reducing the spread of the virus, doing so is not a substitute for physical distancing of at least 6 feet and frequent hand washing.