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IMPORTANT: Face Coverings Now Required Indoors

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Re: IMPORTANT: Face Coverings Now Required Indoors
To: All campus
June 23, 2022
 
Dear Campus Community,
 
The updated CDC COVID-19 Community Levels for Merced county is High. As indicated in a previous email, face coverings are required indoors with limited exemptions.
 
When CDC-defined COVID-19 Community Levels are at High (Orange) risk level for Merced County, all indoor activities will require face coverings for students, employees and guests. Exempt Situations (in addition to those above):
  • In an enclosed private space (such as an occupant’s private office with door closed or an individual’s dorm room)
  • Showering, washing their face or brushing their teeth in a residence hall or other UC Merced facility with common bathroom facilities
  • While eating or drinking
  • Engaged in indoor, approved intercollegiate athletic activities (while physically practicing or playing), where wearing a face covering could inhibit their ability to breathe, provided they observe other appropriate mitigation measures
  • Children under age 2
  • Persons with a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering
  • Anyone performing a specific task that cannot feasibly be performed with a face covering. This exception is limited to the time period in which such tasks are actually being performed
 
The CDC COVID-19 Community Levels are calculated weekly each Thursday. Surgical and N95 masks are available for free to university affiliates at locations throughout campus.
 
Thank you to everyone in our Bobcat community for your commitment to our public health.
 
Sincerely,
 
Andrew Boyd
Chief Resilience Officer