Updated Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Indoors

REQUIRED

Bear with no face covering

Outdoors

OPTIONAL

  • Face coverings are required indoors and when employees are otherwise instructed to wear them.
  • Face coverings must cover both your nose and mouth and have no visible holes or gaps above the nose or at the sides.
  • Face coverings are most effective with good fit and good filtration.

Definitions

  • Fully vaccinated: You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you receive your final dose of vaccine AND any booster shot if eligible.
  • Indoors: Includes being inside a building or inside a vehicle.

Exceptions

  • You are not required to wear a face covering if you are alone in a room with the door closed or when eating or drinking and maintaining at least 6 feet of separation.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you should avoid eating indoors in crowded settings, choose outdoor dining options and use to-go options as much as feasible.
  • Instructors are allowed to deliver instruction with an approved face shield with drapes.
  • Face coverings are not required if you are performing a task that cannot be performed while wearing a face covering.
  • Face coverings do not have to be worn by a residential student while in their own living space (e.g., room, suite, apartment, etc.) regardless of vaccination status.
  • Performers at indoor live events such as theater, opera, symphony, religious choirs, and professional sports while actively performing or practicing are not required to wear a face covering, but such individuals should maximize physical distancing as much as practicable.

Please note that individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption are still required to wear a face-covering while indoors.

Acceptable

Face coverings must cover both your nose and mouth and have no visible holes or openings.

Employees (and student employees while working) Students, invited guests and the general public
N95 (most protective) N95 (most protective)
KN95, KF94 (next most protective) KN95, KF94 (next most protective)
Surgical masks Surgical masks
Double-masking with a cloth face covering on top of a surgical mask to improve the fit Double-masking with a cloth face covering on top of a surgical mask to improve the fit
Cloth face coverings worn alone (Non-employees are encouraged to wear more effective face coverings, but are allowed to wear cloth face masks with tight ear straps that completely cover the mouth and nose)

Unacceptable

Employees (and student employees while working) Students, invited guests and the general public
Cloth face coverings worn alone (Students are encouraged to wear more effective face coverings, but are allowed to wear cloth face masks with tight ear straps that completely cover the mouth and nose)
Face coverings with exhalation valves or vents Face coverings with exhalation valves or vents
Counterfeit (fake) KN95 mask Counterfeit (fake) KN95 mask
Face shield without drapes when worn without an approved face covering Face shield without drapes when worn without an approved face covering
Scarf Scarf
Neck gaiter Neck gaiter
Ski mask Ski mask
Balaclava Balaclava
Bandana Bandana
Turtleneck Turtleneck
Collar Collar

Distribution

UC Berkeley continues to offer compliant face coverings to all employees free of charge. Instructors and departments are also welcome to pick up a free box of disposable surgical masks for their classroom, department or office. Instructors may also pick up a face shield with a drape while supplies last. See the face coverings distribution schedule for pick-up times and location.

If an employee would prefer a different brand of face-covering or shield not provided by the campus but that meets the above criteria, they may purchase at their own expense. Please note that there are many counterfeit respirators in the market. Before purchasing, you are encouraged to verify the authenticity of the specific manufacturer and model number.  The CDC offers information about how to spot counterfeit respirators.

If you are an employee and you are directed to wear a specific type of face-covering by Occupational Health, you must wear that specific face covering as directed.

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