Face masks and face coverings can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Following CDC recommendations and Wisconsin State law, Carthage requires face masks or face coverings in all common areas, during classes and meetings, and when physical distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible.
- Masks or face coverings are required in all indoor spaces as outlined by Wisconsin State law.
- Masks must be worn in all common areas of academic buildings, residential halls, and athletic facilities.
- Masks are required in the classroom.
- All office staff must wear masks in common areas or when providing service to others.
- Masks are required outdoors when physical distancing of at least 6 feet between individuals is not possible.
- All visitors to campus, including delivery drivers and contracted service providers, will be required to wear masks while on campus.
- It is important to care for your masks and face coverings properly. Download a guide from the CDC on how to properly clean your face covering
Our mask policy applies to all students. If you are unable to fulfill this requirement, you may apply to attend Carthage solely remotely for the fall 2020 semester.
Acceptable Masks and Face Coverings
Fabric and cloth masks
Fabric or cloth masks help reduce the spread of viruses, and are easy to clean so they can be worn again. They work by trapping droplets that are released when the person wearing the mask sneezes, coughs, or talks.
Surgical masks, or medical masks, are loose-fitting and disposable. They protect the nose and mouth from coming into contact with droplets that could carry germs, filter out large particles in the air, and can make sure droplets from the wearer aren’t being spread. These masks are single-use only and cannot be cleaned and worn again.
N95 masks provide a higher degree of protection than a surgical mask or cloth mask because they can filter out both large and small particles when the wearer breathes. They’re intended to be single-use only, though researchers are examining effective ways to clean these masks.
Unacceptable Masks and Face Coverings
Face masks with valves
These masks may make it easier to breathe out, but as the wearer is doing so, they’re also exhaling their germs into the air around them, so they don’t offer much protection to the people around the wearer. If the wearer is contagious, they could still be spreading the virus to others around them.
Research has shown that wearing a neck gaiter, made of thin, stretchy material, may be worse than not wearing a mask at all.
Face masks with valves and neck gaiters are not approved for use on the Carthage campus.