Face Coverings FAQ

Face Covering Requirement Starting Aug. 9, 2021

Why are masks being required?

On July 27, the CDC recommended that areas that have “substantial” or “high” levels of transmission consider implementing masking protocols to help reduce the spread of the Delta variant. Minnesota State University, Mankato is in one of the areas currently designed as having a substantial level of transmission and is therefore moving forward with a mask requirement.

Where are masks required?

Face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces on the Mankato campus and at all additional University locations. Face coverings are required in all hallways, classrooms, meeting rooms, public spaces and common areas. Face coverings are not required inside residence hall student rooms, office spaces or in an office setting, cubicle or workstation where physical distancing can be maintained.

When does the requirement begin?

The mask requirement begins on Monday, Aug. 9.

Will masks be required when classes start?

We will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, MDH and the Minnesota State system and will adjust our protocols accordingly. At this point, there is not a defined end date to the mask requirement, but if the situation in our area improves enough to warrant a change before classes start on Aug. 23, we will communicate that immediately.

What if I’m vaccinated?

Everyone is required to wear a mask, even if fully vaccinated. The CDC’s evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who become infected with the Delta variant can still spread the virus to others.

What if I come to campus without a mask?

Disposable masks are available through most departmental offices across campus. If you are in need of a cloth mask, a limited quantity is available for sale through Printing Services; call 507-389-1181 for more information.