April 24, 2020
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:
Effective Monday, April 27, 2020 until further notice, in light of recent recommendations from the CDC, the federal government and Harris County regarding wearing face coverings, University of Houston-Clear Lake, including the Pearland and Texas Medical Center locations, is now requiring face masks for those staff working on campus in situations where they are in close proximity (within 6 feet) of others. This requirement is also directed to all who are visiting campus, including students, contractors and visitors (10 years of age or older).
Please note that face coverings do not need to be worn in the following circumstances:
- When working alone in a single office;
- When engaging in physical activity outside;
- When wearing a face covering poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk;
- While operating outdoor equipment, if not appropriate from a safety standpoint;
- When consuming food or drink.
Individuals are asked to wear a cloth bandana or face covering that covers their nose and mouth. Cloth face coverings should be washed daily. The use of surgical masks, surgical N-95 respirators or other medical masks is strongly discouraged to maintain the resources for health care providers and first responders. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing and regular handwashing. Continue to keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
Certain employees on campus, such as UHCL PD consistent with their role as first responders, will be provided appropriate face coverings.
Resources for Making Your Own Face Covering
- CDC guidelines, including how to make a simple face covering: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- How to Make Your Own Face Covering with Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, in a few easy steps
- How to Make a Face Covering with a bandana and hair bands
- CDC Guidance on Face Covering
Ira K. Blake, Ph.D.