We all have a part to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Following a simple set of required personal safety practices can lower your own risk of being infected and can help protect others. All members of the Loyola community are expected to follow these practices while on any of the University’s campuses.

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Face Masks/Face Coverings

Face masks or face coverings must be worn by all students, faculty, and staff while on any of Loyola’s campuses, when in the presence of others, and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing the risks to others around you, as you can spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

Disposable masks may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash.

You may also wear a cloth face covering. The fabric design or pattern for cloth face coverings should be appropriate for the workplace and school. Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time and must be properly laundered before using again. Having a week’s supply of cloth face coverings can help reduce the need for daily laundering.

To learn more, view the CDC guidelines on how to select, wear, and clean your mask. For more information on the different types of face masks and their use, see the following chart:
TypeCloth face coveringDisposable MaskMedical-grade surgical maskN95 respirator
 Cloth face coveringDisposable MaskMedical-grade surgical maskN95 respirator
DescriptionHomemade or commercially manufactured face coverings that are washable and help contain the wearer’s respiratory emissionsCommercially manufactured masks that help contain the wearer’s respiratory emissionsFDA-approved masks to protect the wearer from large droplets and splashes; helps contains the wearer’s respiratory emissionsProfessional masks that provide effective respiratory protection from airborne particles and aerosols and help contain the wearer’s respiratory emissions
Intended UseRequired for campus community use in non-health care settings (office spaces, general research/work settings, shops, community areas where 6-foot social distancing cannot be consistently maintained). Must be replaced daily and cloth face coverings must be washed between uses. While likely necessary for ingress and egress of workspaces, they are not required when working alone in an office.


These masks are reserved for health care workers and other approved areas with task-specific hazards determined by health sciences deans or institutional research.

Face shields

Students, faculty, and staff at Loyola do not need to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. Good hand hygiene, face masks, and avoiding touching your face are generally sufficient protection in a non-health care environment.

Use and Care of Face Coverings

To ensure that face coverings are as effective as possible in preventing the spread of COVID-19, it is important to follow these instructions for wearing and cleaning your mask.

When putting on your face covering or disposable mask:
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering/disposable mask
  • Ensure the face-covering/disposable mask fits over the nose and under the chin
  • Situate the face-covering/disposable mask properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable)
  • Tie straps securely behind the head and neck or secure the loops around your ears
  • Always avoid touching the front of the face covering/disposable mask at all times when handling or wearing it
When taking off your face covering/disposable mask:
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering/disposable mask
  • Loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from your ear, or untie the straps behind your head and neck
  • Wash your hands immediately after removing the face covering/disposable mask
Tips for care, storage, and laundering of face coverings/disposable masks:
  • Keep your face coverings/disposable mask stored in a paper bag when not in use
  • Replace cloth face coverings immediately if they become soiled, damaged (e.g. ripped, punctured), or visibly contaminated
  • Do not use cloth face coverings for more than one day at a time and always wash them after each use
  • If cleaning your face covering in a washing machine, use regular clothing detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting before first use and after each additional use
  • If washing by hand, follow these instructions:

    Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) household bleach per gallon of room temperature water; or 4 teaspoons household bleach per quart of room temperature water
    • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection; some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection
    • Ensure your bleach product is not past its expiration date
    • Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser
    • Soak the face covering in the bleach solution for five minutes
    • Rinse thoroughly in cool or room temperature water
  • Dry face coverings thoroughly after washing
    • If using a dryer, use the highest heat setting available
    • If not using a dryer, lay the mask on a flat surface (in direct sunlight if possible) and let dry completely before wearing
  • Do not use disposable masks for more than one day; disposable masks should be placed in the trash after use, or if it becomes soiled, damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material), or visibly contaminated during use

Face Shields

Students, faculty, and staff at Loyola do not need to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. Good hand hygiene, face masks, and avoiding touching your face are generally sufficient protection in a non-health care environment.

Social Distancing

Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Keeping space between yourself and others is one of the best tools we have in avoiding exposure to COVID-19 and slowing its spread. Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect those who are at higher risk of getting very sick. Students, faculty, and staff must follow these social distancing practices:
  • Stay at least six feet (about two arms’ length) from other people at all times
  • Do not gather in groups of 10 or more
  • Avoid crowded places and mass gatherings


Loyola’s ability to keep its community safe lies in its ability to widely test anyone who plans to come to campus so that those who are infected with COVID-19 can quickly be identified and instructed to isolate or quarantine. Everyone will be required to comply with the University’s testing program and participate in contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.


The first step to preventing the spread of COVID-19 is to stay at home if you are sick. If you have any of the symptoms commonly associated with the disease (as defined in the Self-Monitoring and Symptoms of COVID-19 section), you should not come to campus and should consult your health care provider. 

Hand Washing

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds—especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. When using hand sanitizer, cover all surfaces of your hands with it and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and always wash your hands after touching your face.

Coughing and Sneezing

If you are in a private setting and do not have on your face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60 percent ethanol, or 70 percent isopropanol as the preferred form of hand hygiene in health care settings.

Wear Your Loyola ID

As members of the University community will be required to wear face coverings, it is now required that a valid University ID be worn by every student, faculty/staff member, or University contractor while on campus. Your ID should always be clearly visible and in plain sight; building access will not be allowed for anyone without a visible ID.

Wearing your ID is important for several reasons. First, it makes it easier to ensure that the people on campus are members of the University community who are permitted to be there. Second, in emergency situations it can help emergency personnel immediately identify who belongs and who does not. Finally, student badges make it much easier to distinguish between students and visitors.

Together we can all help to ensure safety and security on the Loyola campuses. Wear you badge with Rambler pride!

Use of Stairs

Everyone is encouraged to use stairs if at all possible; a given stairwell will be designated as one-way (up or down) where feasible.

Last Modified:   Wed, June 2, 2021 8:59 AM CDT