An Update from Dr. Blake Thompson (Posted March 12, 2021)
Guidelines for Wearing Masks
Where to Wear Your Face Covering
When you need to wear a face mask:
Inside all MC buildings, including classrooms, hallways, restrooms, laboratories, study areas, etc. There will be no entry to any campus building without a mask.
In outdoor settings when community members are not able to maintain physical distance (at least six feet). All MC faculty, staff, and students should have masks on their person and ready to wear at all times when on campus, including when outside.
When you don't need to wear a face mask:
- In a personal office (or single room) when others are not around
- Eating and drinking while stationary and maintaining physical distance
- Exercising in private quarters or outdoors with physical distance
MC biology professor Dr. Erin Norcross explains the importance of mask wearing amid the pandemic.
How to Wear Your Face Covering
Wear Your Face Covering Correctly
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on your face covering
- Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
- Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
- Make sure you can breathe easily
- Avoid touching the front of the face mask/covering.
Take Off Your Face Covering Carefully
Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
- Handle only by the ear loops or ties
- Fold outside corners together
- When you are home, place covering in the washing machine
- While you are eating, place covering with the outside part face down on a napkin or paper on your table.
- Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.
Types of Face Masks
Check to make sure you’re wearing the right mask:
- Cloth face covering that’s at least two layers and fit snuggling to your face. Cloth face coverings should not be used more than one day at a time and should be washed with regular clothing detergent after use.
- Face covering is secured with ties or ear loops.
- Face covering allows for breathing without restriction.
- Disposable face masks should not be used for more than one day and placed in the trash after use.
At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings containing valves, mesh material, or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings. While masks with one-way valves may make it easier for you to breathe, it also releases unfiltered air when you breathe out — not preventing you from spreading the virus.
All guidelines are pursuant to the State of Mississippi, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and federal government directives.