FAQs: Face Coverings

Mason is at Face-Covering Level Blue. Masks are optional, with some exceptions. 

What is a face covering?

Face coverings are masks that reduce the quantity and velocity of respiratory droplets emitted by the wearer when breathing, talking, or coughing.

A face covering must:

  • Cover both the nose and mouth of the wearer
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • If not disposable, then be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape.

Additional guidance for selecting, wearing, and washing face coverings is provided by the CDC’s Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID19.

What does “Face-Covering Level Blue” mean?

Mason uses a tiered, color-coded system to communicate face-covering (mask) requirements. Face-covering levels may change based on public health guidelines. Mason’s current Mask Level Blue means that face-coverings are optional, with some exceptions.

What are the requirements for wearing a face covering? Are masks still required in classrooms and labs?

Mason campuses are mask-optional, except in certain event venues, health care settings, on public transit, or child care settings. You can find additional guidance on the Face Coverings page on our Safe Return site.

How will Mason ensure compliance?

Compliance will be handled like any other university policy, standard, or guideline. A person refusing or failing to comply with the face covering policy in classrooms and class labs during scheduled classes and or/lab activity might be asked to leave and be subject to disciplinary action.

Will Mason provide face coverings?

The university can provide face coverings to employees and students.

  • Mason will offer a free N-95 mask to any student, faculty, or staff at Mason's COVID test sites and information kiosks on the Fairfax, Arlington, and SciTech Campuses.

  • Students can go to the Student Involvement Office in the HUB, Suite 2300, or to the Information Desk in SUB 1 to get a mask.

Masks are also available for purchase in Mason Bookstores and in vending machines on our campuses.

What if I'm taking a class that's not on one of Mason's campuses?

If you're engaged in experiential learning activities away from Mason, you must follow the masking protocols of the off-site location.  

I have a disability that may prohibit me from using a face covering in the instances it is required. What should I do?

Speak to the appropriate office to request an accommodation.

Those offices will work with you to get an accommodation.

What is the mask policy for performances at Center for the Arts and the Hylton Performing Arts Center?

Current face-covering, vaccination, and testing requirements remain in place at the Center for the Arts and the Hylton Center. The latest guidance is posted on the Center for the Arts and Hylton Center websites.

Are masks required when attending an event at EagleBank Arena?

Patrons attending an event at EagleBank Arena are no longer required to wear a face-covering unless required by the artist or event organizer. Read more on the EagleBank Arena website.

Do I need to wear a mask while attending other events at Mason?

No, masks are not universally required at Mason events, but event organizers may choose to require masks. All attendees are encouraged to complete the Mason COVID Health Check and receive a “green light” status on the day of the event. Event guidelines are available on the University Events website.