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July 2, 2020

City of Cambridge amends face covering order for summer months

The City of Cambridge has made an adjustment to the emergency order requiring face coverings. During the summer months (through September 22), face coverings may be removed temporarily when an individual is outdoors and a physical distance of at least six feet from others can be maintained. MIT has updated our campus policy to align with this change.

Face coverings are required on campus and in common areas and public spaces, per order of the City of Cambridge. Cloth face coverings or face masks that cover the nose and mouth must be worn at all times while in campus buildings (including in elevators, shared offices, and restrooms).

Individuals on campus must wear a face covering in: 

  • Shared offices and labs
  • Lobbies and hallways
  • Stairwells and elevators
  • Garages
  • Outdoors when social distancing is not possible, i.e., at sidewalks, bus stops, parking lots
  • At all times around other people, including outdoors when social distancing is not possible

Exceptions include:  

  • Anyone with a disability, medical condition, or trouble breathing whose healthcare professional has documented a recommendation against wearing a face covering
  • When you are consuming food or drink
  • When wearing a face covering may introduce a safety hazard in the workplace; individuals should check with their supervisor for area-specific exceptions
  • When an individual is alone in a private office or personal space with a closed door

Read the full details of MIT’s policy.

As we continue to repopulate the campus it is extremely important to adhere to MIT’s policy on face coverings. Thank you for your compliance with this requirement.