In light of significant declines of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and updated guidelines from the CDC, masks are optional for everyone at UNC.
*Masks are still required in healthcare settings, including the Student Health Center.
Members within our university community are experiencing varying levels of comfort with the decision to make masks optional; particularly those who have underlying health issues, are immunocompromised and at higher risk of becoming very sick with COVID-19, or are living with someone who is at higher risk. Please be supportive and respectful of those who continue to wear masks. There are many good reasons why people may choose to do so!
Individuals who are concerned about their personal protection are encouraged to select a high-quality, well-fitting mask, such as a KN95 or surgical mask.
KN95 and surgical masks are available for free at several locations across campus:
- Michener Library
- Skinner Music Library
- University Center information desk
- University Center Bear Pantry
- Holmes Dining Hall
- Kepner Hall dean's office
- Gunter Hall dean's office
- McKee Hall dean's office
- Candelaria Hall room 0295
- Guggenheim Hall room 103
- Residence halls desks - Harrison, Wiebking, South and Arlington Park Apartments
- Parsons Hall
FAQs About Masks
More About KN95 Masks
KN95 masks are designed to filter small particles from the air. When worn properly, they provide a higher level of protection compared to surgical-grade or cloth masks. Wearing a highly protective mask may be more important for people who are concerned about transmission, especially in higher-risk situations, or for people who are at increased risk of severe disease.
KN95 masks can be reused with proper storage and handling. KN95 masks should never be washed.
- When not in use, store your KN95 mask in a paper bag or let it hang in a cool, dry place, for a day or two before reusing it.
- Discard your KN95 mask if it becomes loose, soiled or damaged.
Whichever Mask You Choose, Make Sure It Fits Correctly
While N95 or KN95 masks offer a higher level of protection, any mask is better than no mask. Whichever mask you choose, make sure it's worn correctly and consistently for the best protection.
- Choose a mask with two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.
- Make sure your mask covers your nose, mouth and chin.
- Make sure your mask fits snugly against the sides of your face and doesn't have gaps.