COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan

Face Coverings

The use of facial coverings inhibits the most common form of coronavirus transmission: when one person breathes the respiratory particles of another.

Face Covering Requirements

Following the repeal of Oregon’s indoor mask mandate on March 11, 2022, face coverings remain required in all indoor spaces while on the Reed campus, regardless of vaccination status, unless you are:

  • inside your private residence hall room or apartment, with only your roommates;
  • inside your own personal vehicle, with only members of your household;
  • actively eating or drinking;
  • engaged in an essential activity that makes wearing a face covering not feasible (e.g., taking a shower or brushing your teeth);
  • in a private, individual workspace when others are not present;
  • removing the face covering briefly for healthcare purposes, upon request by a medical professional;
  • is practicing or playing a competitive sport at any level;
  • is officiating a competitive sport that requires a high level of physical exertion by the official.

In addition, Reed College requires face coverings be worn outdoors if you are

  • in a group or crowded space;
  • participating in an event where face coverings are required.

Individuals under two (2) years of age are not required to wear face coverings while on Reed campus.

Masks Available on Campus

The college has ordered a supply of surgical and KN95 face coverings to be made available on campus for community members to use as needed.

Surgical masks are currently available in various locations across campus, including the Health and Counseling Center, Facilities Services, and 28 West.

In partnership with Mail Services, all students will receive a pack of 5 KN95s. Students can pick up their masks at the mail services window anytime Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Once masks are received and distributed, faculty and staff can obtain KN95s through their individual divisions:

  • Student Life: Division staff can pick up masks in Eliot 218 during regular business hours. Please contact Cathy Carrington, Associate to the Vice President for Student Life, with questions.
  • Treasury: Staff can pick up masks at the top floor service desk in Facilities Services during regular business hours. Please contact April Sams, Director of Risk Management & EHS, with questions.
  • College Relations: Staff can pick up masks in Eliot 210 during regular business hours. Please contact Emma Notario, Associate to the Vice President for College Relations, with questions.
  • Dean of Faculty: Faculty and Dean of Faculty (DoF) Staff Leaders will have supplies delivered to their specific departments as requested. Please contact your Chair, Department Director, or April Sams for questions.

Please contact Environmental Health and Safety if you need help obtaining face coverings. Face coverings can also be purchased at the Reed bookstore.

Selecting the Best Face Covering

Reed’s face covering requirements reflect the published guidelines of state and federal public health agencies. At this time, the college does not require a specific type of mask be used, although faculty and event organizers may require specific types of masks in certain settings.

The best face covering is a well-fitting face covering, which covers the nose and mouth and fits snugly around the face without gaps. While cloth face coverings still reduce the spread of respiratory droplets, recent evidence suggests that higher grade masks (including surgical/procedure, N95, and KN95 masks) are most effective at preventing the spread of viral particles. Community members are encouraged to use these higher grade masks when possible.

Face coverings with valves or polyester masks are not effective in preventing the spread of respiratory droplets. Additionally, face shields should be worn only in addition to a mask that covers the nose and mouth.

When selecting a face covering, please review the CDC’s recommendations and follow these guidelines:

  • The covering should have ear loops, head and neck straps, or be secured with ties.
  • The covering should completely cover your nose and mouth.
  • The covering should fit snugly around your face, without gaps.


COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group