Face Coverings and Masks

UNLV and its sister Nevada System of Higher Education institutions have mandated students, faculty, staff, and visitors wear face coverings and masks to stop the spread of COVID-19. Such preventive practices reduce transmission of airborne respiratory illnesses.

A “face covering” is defined as a “covering that fully covers a person’s nose and mouth, including without limitation, cloth face mask, surgical mask, towels, scarves, and bandanas” (State of Nevada Emergency Directive 024).

Face coverings and masks are meant to protect those around us by covering our noses and mouths while we talk, breathe, cough, and sneeze. While on campus, everyone at UNLV is required to wear a mask/face covering when interacting with others and when in public spaces, including outside.

Social distancing and face coverings should be used together and are not substitutes for one another. You should wear a face covering and maintain six feet of distance from others who do not live in your household.

The only time you should remove your face covering is if you are in an enclosed office alone or when you are eating or drinking outdoors or in designated, socially distanced spaces.

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How to Wear Your Face Covering

Ensure your face covering meets the following requirements:

  • The mouth and nose are fully covered.
  • The covering fits snugly against the sides of face so there are no gaps.
  • You do not have any difficulty breathing while wearing the cloth face covering.
  • You can tie or otherwise secure the face covering to prevent slipping.
Visit the CDC website for tips on how to make, wash and wear your own cloth face coverings.

Different Types of Masks/Face Coverings

Surgical masks, N95 masks and other personal protective equipment should be reserved for medical professionals and should only be used if your health care provider has advised you to do so.

Masks with valves, holes, and other openings release exhalation and droplets by design. Such coverings and masks are contrary to public health guidance for the general public and do not meet UNLV’s face covering requirement.

Face shields worn alone also are not permitted. There is no scientific evidence that face shields are effective as source control: While the shield may protect the wearer, it will not protect others. Individuals who wear a face shield are required to wear a mask/face covering in addition to the face shield.

Face Cover, Face Shield, and Face Cover Plus Shield Graphic

Exceptions to Face Coverings

Individuals may request a health-related accommodation for the face covering requirement by contacting the Disability Resources Center (students) or Equal Employment and Title IX (employees).