Announcements : USG Update on Face Covering
Announcement: USG Update on Face Covering
Effective July 15, 2020, University System of Georgia (USG) institutions will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing.
Face coverings are not required in one’s own dorm room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.
Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff or students.
Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.
The Governor’s July 15th Executive Order contains a new provision suspending any state, county, or municipal law, order, ordinance, rule, or regulation that requires face coverings. Consistent with interpretation from the Governor’s office, the USG’s face covering guidance does not fall into one of these categories and therefore is not suspended. Face coverings are required inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible.