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The health and safety of everyone who comes to Rutgers is a shared responsibility. Following these community safety practices will help protect you and others. See the Resources page for helpful posters, guides, and other materials.

 

Face Coverings/Masks

  • Face coverings must be worn by all persons on campus
    • outdoors in the presence of others when social distancing is not practical and
    • indoors in non-private enclosed settings (e.g., common work and study spaces, workstations, meeting rooms, classrooms).
  • Face coverings/masks are not substitutes for social distancing
  • Face coverings/masks must be selected, worn, and cleaned in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines
  • Mask exhaust valves are not permitted
  • Medical-grade masks and N95 respirators are reserved for health care workers, employees in specific environments, or employees performing specific job duties
  • A number of cloth face coverings will be made available to employees by Rutgers, or employees may choose to provide their own cloth or disposable face coverings
  • See the table below for descriptions of the four types of face coverings/masks

COVID19 Mask Flyer    

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Use and Care of Face Coverings/Masks
  • Putting on the face covering/mask
    • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering/mask
    • Ensure the face covering/mask fits over the nose and under the chin
    • Situate the face covering/mask properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable)
    • Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears
    • Avoid touching the front of the face covering/mask
  • Taking off the face covering/mask
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
    • 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
  • Store face covering/mask in a paper bag when not in use
Cloth Face Coverings
  • Must not be used for more than one day
  • Must be washed after use
  • Should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged, or visibly contaminated
  • Use and cleaning of cloth face coverings must comport with CDC recommendations
Disposable Masks
  • Must not be used for more than one day
  • Must be placed in the trash after use or if it is soiled, damaged, or visibly contaminated
  • Should not be placed in recycling receptacles
Goggles/Face Shields
  • There is no need to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus
  • Frequent handwashing and avoiding touching the face are generally sufficient for non-healthcare environments

 

Gloves

  • There is no need to wear gloves as part of general activity in campus areas
  • Frequent handwashing is the best practice for common everyday tasks

 

Coughing/Sneezing Hygiene

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow, even if wearing a mask
  • Throw used tissues in the trash immediately after use and immediately wash your hands

 

Frequent Handwashing

  • Clean your hands after being in a public place, blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching the face
    • Lather your hands with soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds
    • If soap and water are not readily available, cover all surfaces of your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub them together until they feel dry
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth at all times

 

Area Cleanliness

  • Custodial crews will focus efforts on frequently touched surfaces in all buildings and high-traffic areas in accordance with CDC recommendations
  • Individuals should be mindful of cleanliness of their work areas

 

Social Distancing

  • Maintain a minimum of six feet of space between people whenever feasible
  • Do not gather in groups
    • When in a meeting or gathering, ensure that the room used allows for adequate distancing
    • See the Guidance for Specific Scenarios section below for additional information
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

 

Guidance for Specific Scenarios

Transportation
  • Wear a mask prior to entering a public transportation or ride-sharing service vehicle
  • Avoid touching surfaces with hands
  • Upon disembarking or arrival, wash your hands as soon as possible
  • Follow occupancy recommendations and other requirements as posted on website of the ride provider
Office Environments
  • In an open environment, be sure to maintain at least six feet distance from others
  • In areas of open/unassigned seating have at least one workspace separating you from another person
  • In an office, no more than one person should be in the same room unless the required six feet of distancing can be consistently maintained
  • You must wear a face covering/mask
    • While in a shared workspace/room
    • If there is more than one person in a room
    • In a reception/receiving area
    • When inside any area where others are present, including walking in hallways and stairs where others travel and in break rooms, conference rooms, and other meeting locations
  • Department heads must assess open work environments and meeting rooms to institute measures to physically separate and increase distance between, such as:
      • Placing visual cues such as floor decals, colored tape, or signs to indicate where people should stand while waiting in line
      • Placing one-way directional signage for large open spaces with multiple through-ways to increase distance between individuals moving through the space
  • May request assistance with space and occupancy assessments, temporary signage and graphics, furniture rearrangements, and environmental health and safety matters from Institutional Planning and Operations. Contact the University Facilities Service Call Center at 848-445-1234 (this number covers all university locations) or visit their website to Submit a Maintenance Request.
Using Restrooms
  • Use of restrooms should be limited based on size to ensure at least six feet distance between individuals
  • Toilets with standard height partitions can be used simultaneously, but urinal areas with side-by-side fixtures should be used on an “every other in use” basis
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom to reduce the potential transmission of the virus
Using Elevators
  • When possible, no more than one person should be in an elevator at a time
  • Where single-person use of the elevator is not practical, do not crowd into the elevator cab and be aware of social distancing requirements while waiting for the elevator
  • In an elevator, wear your mask or face covering and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed hand/fingers
  • Wash your hands upon departing the elevator
  • Try to avoid the elevator entirely and use stairs
Using Stairs
  • Where possible, designate stairs for “up” traffic or “down” traffic to minimize crossing traffic
  • Where this is not possible, wait on a floor or landing and allow cross traffic to pass
Meetings
  • You are encouraged to communicate as needed by email, telephone, or other available technology rather than face-to-face
  • In-person meetings
    • Are strongly discouraged
    • Shall not exceed 50 percent of a room’s capacity, assuming individuals can still maintain six feet of separation for social distancing requirements
  • Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in meeting rooms to support social distancing practices between attendees
Meals
  • Before and after eating, you should wash your hands thoroughly
  • Wear your mask or face covering until you are ready to eat and then replace it afterward
  • While eating, individuals should not sit facing one another
  • Maintain six feet distance between you and others
  • Chairs and tables should be removed or rearranged or visual cue marks should be added to support social distancing practices
  • Wipe all surfaces after use in common areas