Face Masks

In alignment with recommendations from the CDC, the Washington Department of Health, and Tacoma–Pierce County Public Health, effective immediately, PLU requires everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask indoors. The requirement applies indoors when other people are present and in all public and common areas, including classrooms, dining areas (except when you are actively eating or drinking), meeting rooms, elevators, and shared vehicles.

In crowded outdoor locations where physical distancing is not possible, masks are recommended for fully vaccinated people and required for those not currently vaccinated.

We will also continue to provide some limited university-hosted COVID-19 testing opportunities, as well as quarantine and isolation spaces for individuals who are not vaccinated and need these mitigation resources to remain healthy. Community members who are exempt from vaccination will be asked to participate in proactive community testing.

Wearing a mask does not signify vaccination status. Those who are fully vaccinated may still choose to wear a mask at some or all times, and we support that choice. We also encourage mask-wearing, regardless of your vaccination status, while experiencing or recovering from other cold and flu viruses.

Acceptable types of face masks are those recommended by the CDC. Common acceptable face masks include cloth masks constructed with multiple layers of tightly woven, breathable fabric that blocks light when held up to a bright light source or a disposable (sometimes called surgical) mask with multiple layers.