Wear cloth face coverings inside and outside where others are likely to be around.
Face coverings must be worn by students, academics, staff and visitors at all UC Davis locations. For indoor locations, the only exceptions are while eating or drinking or in private spaces such as dorm rooms, single-occupancy offices, showers and the like. For outdoor spaces, face coverings should be worn when maintaining 6 feet of distance from others is not feasible.
For those lacking a suitable face covering of their own, UC Davis is providing a limited supply of face coverings.
Putting on a face covering
- Avoid touching the front of the face covering once it's on.
- Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering.
- Ensure the face-covering fits over the nose and under the chin.
- Situate the face-covering properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable).
- Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.
Taking off a face covering
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering.
- When taking off the face covering, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
- Wash hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after removing.
Care, storage and laundering
- Keep face coverings stored in a paper bag when not in use.
- Cloth face coverings should not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after use. Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular detergent before first use and after each subsequent day’s use.
- Face coverings should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged (e.g. ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
- Disposable face coverings must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash after you return home for the day or if it is soiled, damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.
How to improve the effectiveness of your face covering
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention off these updates for how you can improve the fit of your face covering. These two general principles can be applied to all types of effective face coverings:
- Make sure your face covering fits snugly, without any gaps to allow air or respiratory droplets to get through.
- Select a face covering that has layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others' respiratory droplets out.
- DO choose a face covering with a nose wire
- DO use a mask fitter or brace to prevent air from leaking around the edges of the face covering
- DO check that your face covering fits snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin
- DO add layers of material — with either a cloth face covering that has multiple layers of material or by wearing a disposable mask under a cloth face covering
- DO NOT combine two disposable masks when "double masking"
- DO NOT combine a KN95 mask with any other mask. Use only one KN95 at a time