Bear with no face covering




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


  • 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.
  • 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, or when those options are not available, you should maintain 6 feet of physical distance while eating and drinking.
  • 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.

Face coverings

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

Acceptable Unacceptable
Cloth face coverings made of tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers Face shield without drapes when worn without an approved face covering
Surgical mask Face covering with exhalation valves or vents
N95 respirator Counterfeit (fake) KN95 mask
Medical procedure mask Scarf
Ski mask
Single-layer of fabric

As an exception to the above for unique situations such as delivering instruction:

  • Face shields with drapes

UC Berkeley continues to offer free cloth face coverings to all employees. 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 cloth 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.