#IWearAMaskFor: Keeping the UNLV Community Healthy

The health and wellbeing of the university community remain UNLV’s most important considerations as we work to fulfill our educational mission.

COVID-19 cases continue to decline locally, according to the Southern Nevada Health District. People who are at high risk for severe illness should talk to their health care provider about whether they need to wear masks and take additional precautions, and everyone should stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. People may choose to continue wearing masks in public indoor places, and people with symptoms or who test positive for COVID-19 should stay home and wear a well-fitting mask when around others.

Some members of the university continue to choose to wear masks while on campus, and we ask that you continue to exhibit kindness, understanding, and tolerance toward one another – regardless of the personal decision to wear, or not wear, one.

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.

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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.
How to Properly Wear Your Face Covering
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.

KN95 masks reduce the amount of dust or virus particles a person breathes in by approximately 95 percent, which means they provide better protection for the wearer than cloth or disposable face coverings. They also reduce virus spread from the wearer and are approved for use by the general public. KN95s are not certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The CDC has a website with tips on how to identify misrepresentation of NIOSH certification and counterfeit masks.

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