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COVID Policy: Face Coverings (Mask)

1. Introduction and Applicability

In accordance with state orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in order to help ensure the health and safety of BYU–Hawaii campus community and the public, face coverings (masks) are required to be worn on site by all individuals.

  • Indoors: At all times in public and common areas, including private workspaces and offices when physical distancing is not feasible.
  • Outdoors: Where maintaining six (6) foot distance from others is not feasible.
  • Masks may be removed for eating or drinking, but they must be worn prior to eating and immediately after you are done.
  • Immediately wash your hands whenever you touch your mask, including putting it on, taking it off, or adjusting the placement.

When in doubt, wear a mask. Wearing a mask and maintaining ample distance from others is the best way to protect yourself and others from spreading the virus.

This requirement is consistent with the State of Hawaii, the City and County of Honolulu, and federal recommendations. This policy applies to all BYU–Hawaii employees, students, contractors, vendors, customers and visitors and is in effect until otherwise communicated. The university may, at its discretion, refuse service to anyone who does not comply with this policy and ask them to leave the university premises.

2. Face Covering Requirements

For the purpose of this policy, a face covering must be worn and made in accordance with CDC guidelines:

  • Fit snugly against the sides of the face
  • Completely cover the nose and mouth
  • Be secured with ties, ear loops, elastic bands, or other equally effective method
  • Include at least one layer of cloth, although multiple layers are strongly recommended
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • If not disposable, be capable of being laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
  • Be free of holes, tears or valves that have the potential to release respiratory droplets
  • Face shields may only be used in combination with a face covering but not as a substitute for a face covering

When in doubt, replace your mask. Masks are only effective for a few hours of use – plan on changing your mask at least twice a day. Eating is a convenient time to change into a new, clean mask.

  • If you are not sure if your mask is clean or if it has been contaminated, replace it.
  • Students or staff may be asked to adjust mask placement or be given a replacement mask if their mask appears soiled or does not meet the standards above.

Anyone who declines to wear a clean, well-fitting mask will not be able to access campus facilities or in-person services and will be asked to leave campus.

If you have a medical condition or disability and wearing a face covering poses a health or safety risk, reasonable accommodations may be approved by the equity coordinator in consultation with the Health Center in those instances. Children under the age of 5 are not required to wear face coverings.

3. Training

Training is provided through SafeColleges online training link, Contact Human Resources at (808) 675-3713 or email for the link to specific training.

More information on face coverings can be found on the COVID online Guidelines and FAQs for face coverings.

You may also contact the Safety office for more information at:

Campus Safety (Weekdays at 8:00 am–5:00 pm)
(808) 675-3281

Campus Safety & Risk Manager
(808) 675-3411 and (808) 780-8875

Policy #: 120882

Policy Owner: Director, Campus Safety & Security

Executive Sponsor: Operations Vice President

Approval by President's Council: 11/20/2020

Modified: ---

Full revision history maintained by Human Resources.