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Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of all members of our community has always been our top priority. Masks are required in classrooms during class, offices and meeting rooms, laboratories and health care settings.

The CDC indicates that masks should be optional as incidence rates decline along with hospitalization rates and increasing bed capacity at health care facilities. Incidence rates of the virus in Fayette County — and throughout much of the Commonwealth — have been declining precipitously in recent weeks. And the number of COVID patients in UK HealthCare facilities has been dropping. 

As a result, we are pleased to make the following adjustments to our mask policy, effective March 9:

Optional Masks 

  • Masks are optional in common areas across campus, such as the Gatton Student Center; common areas or hallways of classroom buildings; dining halls; libraries; workout facilities; and residence halls.
  • Masks are also optional during voluntary events, such as Campus Ruckus, concerts, theatrical performances and at athletics venues.  
  • For performing arts classes — music, dance and theatre — masks are optional during performance situations (whether lessons, labs or performances). Masks, though, must be worn in classes when not performing.

Mandatory Masks

  • Masks are still mandatory in classrooms during classes.
  • Masks are also still mandatory in private offices/suites and conference/meeting rooms where more than one person is gathered.
  • Masks must be worn in research and classroom laboratories.
  • Health care facilities and settings are exempt from these changes. Current masking policies will remain in place in UK HealthCare settings, per UKHC policies.

Click here to learn more about these updates to our mask policy


Proper Mask Wearing

Masks or face coverings should cover the mouth and nose, and they should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Be made of multiple layers of fabric or medical grade material, such as KN95 or surgical masks
  • Allow for breathing without restriction

To safely remove, grasp the mask by the ties or ear loops, and be careful not to touch eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash your face covering in a washing machine after each use, and wash your hands after removing from your face.

Please note that face shields are only permitted for use while lecturing. 


Icon of a cloth face mask on a blue background.