OSU requires the use of face coverings in indoor spaces, as well as outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not feasible. Face coverings are defined as an item affixed to the face to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including cloth garments that cover the nose and mouth, and medical-grade disposable masks. This definition and policy exclude face coverings that incorporate a valve to facilitate easy exhalation, mesh masks, lace masks, face shields or other coverings with openings, holes, or visible gaps in the design, material or vents.

OSU continues to be responsive to current public health conditions and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and local county requirements.

Per OHA Rule 333-019-1025, individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask or face covering  when in an indoor space unless the individual:

(a) Is under five years of age; unless an individual is using public transportation or in transportation hubs in which case an individual under two years of age is not required to wear a mask or face covering.

(b) Is sleeping.

(c) Is actively eating or drinking.

(d) Is engaged in an activity that makes wearing a mask or face covering not feasible, such as when actively swimming.

(e) Is in a private individual workspace.

(f) Must remove the mask or face covering briefly because the individual’s identity needs to be confirmed by visual comparison, such as at a bank or if interacting with law enforcement.

(g) Is practicing or playing a competitive sport at any level.

(h) Is performing, including but not limited to playing music, delivering a speech to an audience, and theater.

Per the State of Oregon’s indoor face covering and mask mandate, a face covering is not required when teaching a class, when all of the following conditions are met:

  • If multiple people are speaking, only one may be unmasked at a time.
  • The speaker always remains at least six feet from the audience.
  • Everyone else in the room is masked.

Under OSU’s COVID19 Safety and Success Policy and in alignment with OHA definitionsindoor spaces means anywhere indoors, including but not limited to public and private workplaces, businesses, indoor areas open to the public, building lobbies, common or shared spaces, classrooms, elevators, bathrooms, transportation services and other indoor space where people may gather for any purpose. Examples:

  • Classrooms.
  • Dining centers.
  • Recreation centers.
  • Indoor sports venues.
  • Conference and event centers and spaces.
  • Service centers, front desks and offices  that are not private individual workspaces (see definition below).

Indoor spaces do not include private individual workspaces used for work by one individual at a time, defined as, an indoor space within a public or private workplace used for work by one individual at a time that is enclosed on all sides with walls from floor to ceiling and with a closed door.

Common or shared spaces that have been designated as such in the COVID-19 Safety & Success policy (i.e., classrooms, dining centers, recreation centers, conference and event centers, front desks serving the public) require face coverings and questions about exceptions or changes to that policy should be directed to the coronavirus response coordinator.