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University of Michigan to require students, staff & visitors to wear face coverings on campus

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Posted at 2:56 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 14:56:49-04
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) —

The University of Michigan will require all students, staff, faculty and visitors to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose while on campus grounds, effective immediately.

The university made the announcement on Wednesday, updating its COVID-19 guidelines.

People must wear face coverings when inside buildings, outdoors and on U-M transportation on all campuses.

"It is difficult on a busy university campus to maintain distance from groups even while outdoors, so requiring face coverings outdoors will help slow the spread of the virus," the university said in a statement.

There are limited exceptions to the rule, including:

  • Indoors in a single enclosed private office with the door closed or assigned residence hall room/suite or apartment
  • Eating or drinking but still maintaining social distance
  • Alone in a private motor vehicle or utility vehicle used for university business
  • A child under the age of 2 years or someone who is unable to remove a face covering without assistance
  • Required to wear assigned respiratory protection for job tasks
  • Granted a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Engaged in physical activities or recreation in a distanced manner
  • Involved in an activity where wearing a face covering may be infeasible or present a safety hazard
  • Communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication
  • Giving a speech for broadcast or an audience while maintaining physical distance of at least six feet from others

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