What is the latest face covering guidance for UMaine and UMaine Machias?

According to current University of Maine System guidance, In general, face coverings are optional and welcomed across the University of Maine System, indoors and outdoors for all persons regardless of vaccination status. There are many important exceptions, including in classrooms, when face coverings will or may continue to be required.  Those exceptions and many other details of this update are described below.

Note: The U.S. CDC recommends wearing face coverings in indoor public settings in areas where there is substantial transmission of COVID-19. To see which counties in Maine face coverings are recommended, consult this map from U.S. CDC.

Face coverings continue to be welcomed when individuals choose to wear them as a matter of personal choice. There may be certain exceptions related to security-sensitive circumstances or other matters when face coverings must be removed but, in general, the wearing of face coverings may not be prohibited.

  • Exceptions to the optional face covering protocol:
    • Face coverings continue to be required in all classrooms, research spaces and instructional circumstances unless the requirement is waived by the relevant faculty member.
    • Face coverings continue to be required when a person or persons are visiting an individual office space unless the primary occupant of the space or host of the meeting waives the requirement.
    • Face coverings continue to be required when recommended by the U.S. CDC in connection with exposure to or during recovery from a confirmed positive case of COVID-19.
    • Face coverings may continue to be required at any indoor university events open to the public (i.e., events open to individuals beyond students, staff and faculty) as follows:
      • For indoor events of more than 75 persons, face coverings are required unless proof of vaccination or a negative test is required as a condition of entrance, in which case face coverings can be optional as determined by the organizing authority. (Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test already is required at indoor University events of more than 250 persons, meaning face coverings can be optional at such events as determined by the organizing authority.)
      • For indoor events of 75 or fewer persons, face coverings are optional.
    • Face coverings may continue to be required by organizers of specific events or activities indoors or outdoors as determined by the organizing authority. Individuals should be prepared to wear a face covering if requested to do so.
    • Face coverings continue to be required in spaces where health care is provided unless the circumstances are such that relevant health care authority which occupies and controls the space waives the requirement.

More information about the latest face covering protocols is on the Together for Maine website.