Do we need to wear masks and maintain physical distancing on campus? Should masks be worn outside?

At this time, masking outdoors and physical distancing are not required.

In alignment with CDC guidance, all individuals, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to wear face masks while inside buildings on Penn State campuses. Community members will be required to wear masks indoors, including in all classrooms — regardless of size — as well as in meeting rooms, common areas in residence halls, and at any indoor events. All individuals on campus will be permitted to eat in designated food service areas, and students living in residence halls will not be required to wear a mask in their living space. In addition, vaccinated employees with individual offices are not required to wear a mask in their personal office. All individuals must wear a face mask while using public transportation and in some additional settings such as when visiting on-campus health care facilities and when conducting in-person research involving human subjects.

Additional information about masking and physical distancing is available on the Health Guidelines page.