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UH is requiring face coverings for all students, employees on campus, effective immediately

The University of Houston is mandating all students and employees to wear face coverings while on-campus until further notice, the university announced on Twitter.
The University of Houston is mandating all students and employees to wear face coverings while on-campus until further notice, the university announced on Twitter. (Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune)

HOUSTON – The University of Houston is requiring all students and employees to wear face coverings while on-campus until further notice, the university announced on Twitter Thursday.

The mask order is for the following areas:

  • Indoor public areas on campus, except where marked, even if you are alone. This includes all non-private office or residential spaces, such as lobbies, restrooms, classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, common spaces in residence halls, conference rooms, and break rooms
  • Outdoor spaces where six feet or more of physical distancing is difficult to reliably maintain

Face coverings are not required in the following limited circumstances:

  • When working alone in a single office
  • When in your own residential space
  • When engaging in physical activity outside
  • When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk
  • While operating outdoor equipment if not appropriate from a safety standpoint
  • When consuming food or drink
  • When engaging in personal hygiene activities

The university will allow expectations for those individuals who, due to a specific medical condition, cannot wear a face covering and have received an accommodation. Requests for an exception due to a medical condition for students will be handled by the Center for Students with DisABILITIES and requests for employees will be handled by Equal Opportunity Services.

This rule is directed to all who are visiting campus, including contractors and visitors (10 years of age or older).


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