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Face Coverings

Face Mask/Covering Requirements: 

In accordance with the City of New Orleans, all students, faculty, and staff MUST wear face coverings in public areas while on campus to reduce transmission of COVID-19. Through a generous donation by the parents of a Loyola student, all Loyola faculty, staff, and students will be provided with one free Loyola-branded face covering that can be worn on campus. 

  • Effective immediately, Loyola requires all individuals to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth while in all buildings except when that individual is alone (e.g., private offices or residence hall rooms). 
  • Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear masks while outside, especially if that individual is interacting with others, even in the proper socially distanced manner (see Social Distancing section). 
  • Wearing a mask/covering is NOT a substitute for social distancing, and individuals must maintain proper distancing while on campus. 
  • Individuals who cannot wear a face mask because of health reasons or functional reasons should contact Human Resources (faculty and staff) or the Office of Accessible Education (students) to determine other accommodations.
  • Failure to comply with health directives and policies will result in sanctions.
     

Havoc wearing face mask on campus

Types of Masks/Coverings:

Cloth Mask/Covering Disposable Mask/Covering Surgical Mask (medical-grade) N95 Respirator
Cloth mask Disposable Mask Surgical Mask N95 Mask
Made with multiple layers of fabric to help contain respiratory droplets. Washed and reused multiple times and may be handmade or commercially made. Thin, flexible commercially-made masks that help contain respiratory droplets. Worn once and disposed of after use. Higher-grade disposable masks that help contain respiratory droplets and protect the wearer from splashes or large-particle droplets. Masks that are fit and seal-tested on the face to filter pathogens in the air and contain the wearer’s respiratory emissions.
Acceptable option to meet the face mask requirements. Acceptable option to meet the face mask requirements. Reserved for healthcare workers and approved high-hazard tasks. Reserved for healthcare workers and approved high-hazard tasks.

Wearing Face Masks/Coverings: 

Follow these steps to safely put on, wear, and remove a face mask/covering. 

  • Wash hands thoroughly or apply hand sanitizer before touching the mask/covering.
  • The mask/covering should fit snugly against the face, covering the nose and mouth and securing under the chin.
  • Tie the straps of your mask/covering around the head and neck, or use loops that fit securely around ears.
  • Wearers should be able to breathe without restriction while wearing the mask/covering. 
  • Avoid touching the front of the mask/covering while wearing it. 
  • When removing the mask, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth. Individuals should wash their hands immediately after removing the face covering.

Cleaning and Caring for Face Masks/Coverings: 

Cloth masks/coverings must be properly laundered and stored between each use. Disposable masks should only be used one time and properly discarded once removed. 

  • Cloth masks/coverings should be washed with regular clothing detergent and machine dried after each use.
  • Masks/coverings that visibly change shape or size after laundering, or those that are ripped/torn/stretched/soiled from wear, should be discarded.
  • When the mask/covering is not being used, fold it with the side that goes toward the mouth folded inwards and store it in a clean container or bag.
  • Loyola recommends having a weeklong supply of face masks/coverings to avoid the need to launder masks daily.

For more guidance on the proper use and cleaning of your face mask, visit Mask Up Louisiana.