Safer Return at Cal Poly Pomona

Face Coverings

To adhere to state, county public health guidelines and continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, individuals are required to wear face coverings (i.e., mask or cloth face coverings) over their nose and mouth when they are inside buildings and facilities on campus.


  • Alone in a separate room, office or interior space
  • Eating or drinking, provided individuals are at least 6 feet apart
  • Showering or engaging in personal hygiene or a personal care service that requires the removal of the face mask
  • Persons younger than 2 years old must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask (See below for guidance on exemptions.)
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication (See below for guidance on exemptions.)
  • Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines

While face coverings are not required outdoors, it is a best practice to wear one when attending crowded events, such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events, or other similar settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

In compliance with this order, the university will provide a disposable face covering to individuals who may not have one. 

During the summer term, face coverings can be picked up at the University Police Department or the Student Health Center. During fall, all buildings will have a self-serve dispensers on the first floor.

For more information, visit the PPE webpage or email

Cloth Face Coverings

Please note that cloth face coverings are not considered medical-grade coverings. They are intended to reduce the spread of infectious particles when the user speaks, coughs, etc. Face coverings should have two or more layers of washable, breathable materials, completely cover the nose and mouth, and fit snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps. Face coverings should not have exhalation valves or vents, which allow virus particles to escape, and should not be intended for respiratory protection.


Some individuals may be exempted from these guidelines due to a documented disability or legitimate medical reason.

Students should contact the Disability Resource Center.

Employees who have been instructed by their medical provider that they should not wear a face mask should wear a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, to be in compliance with state directives, as long as their condition permits it. A drape that is form fitting under the chin is preferred. Employees who have a medically related reason why they cannot wear a face mask should immediately contact Manuel Montilla, ADA Coordinator, at 909-869-4095 or


(Page updated 7/27/2021)