Face Covering Protocols

One of the most important ways to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 is the simplest — wear a mask or to get vaccinated. The face covering protocol for the Maine Community College System is periodically revised to reflect executive orders and updated public health guidance.  Until further notice, the following terms govern the wearing of face coverings on Maine Community College System property.

Here are the details on our protocols:

Where a Face Covering is Required

A face covering is required to be worn over the nose, mouth, and chin indoors in all public and shared spaces. Face coverings are not required outdoors, except when in a dense crowd. Physical distancing is not required indoors or outdoors on MCCS property.

Exceptions to the face covering requirement are:

  • Employees when alone in an office or other personal workspace, with the door closed;
  • Residential students when in their own bedroom in campus housing when only the assigned occupants of that bedroom are present;
  • When eating or drinking in a space where eating and drinking is permitted and only for the duration necessary to consume the food and/or beverage.  The colleges may impose additional rules governing eating and drinking in order to meet operational and health and safety needs; and
  • Children under 5 in a daycare setting and all other children under 2 years of age.

Physical distancing is not a substitute for wearing a face covering in locations where a face covering is required.

Except as provided in this protocol, members of the public are required to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces.

Any person not wearing a face covering, or an acceptable face covering, where required will be asked to put one on or leave the location where a face covering is required.

Type of Face Covering Required

A face covering must be a disposable or cloth mask made of multiple layers of tightly woven fabric that fits snugly around the face, covers the nose, mouth and chin and secures with ear loops or ties behind the head.

Homemade and commercially manufactured masks that meet this definition are acceptable forms of face coverings.

Examples of face coverings that are not acceptable include:

  • Bandanas;
  • Neck gaiters; and
  • Masks with a valve or vent.

Requests for Accommodations

Persons with a documented disability who have been determined by a medical professional to be unable to wear a disposable or cloth face covering should contact the college’s Office of Student Disability /Accessibility Services or ADA officer prior to coming to campus to determine whether a reasonable accommodation is available.

Off Campus

We ask that all members of the campus community continue to wear a disposable or cloth face covering during visits to off-campus indoor public settings, and in densely crowded outdoor settings, unrelated to MCCS programs and activities. Taking these steps will help to minimize the risk of transmission on campus and benefit all students, employees and their families.