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COVID-19 Prevention

Per the statewide executive order issued by Governor Polis on July 16th, all individuals older than 10 years old are required to wear a face covering over their noses and mouths:

  • When entering or moving within any public indoor space
  • While using or waiting to use public (buses, light-rail) on non-personal (taxis, car services, ride-shares) transportation servicves.

People who do not have to wear a mask include:

  • People who are 10 years old and younger.
  • People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
  • Children ages 2 and under should NOT wear masks or cloth face coverings.

Research shows that people who have no symptoms can spread COVID-19. Wearing a non-medical face mask helps minimize the spread of the virus. Instructions for making homemade masks can be found at the Colorado Mask Project.

University leadership is in regular conversations with the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Weld County Public Health officials to be sure that our plans on aligned with best practices for maintaining the health and safety of our community.


UNC Mask Policy

UNC requires students, employees, and visitors to wear face coverings at all times while in public or shared spaces on campus. Masks are not needed outdoors while socially distanced or in private settings.

  • Students living on campus will be required to wear a mask unless they are in their own room or doing tasks that cannot be completed while wearing a mask such as eating.
  • Students living on campus are required to bring enough cloth masks to wash and wear a clean mask every day.

Face coverings required

Types of Face Coverings and Masks

Cloth Face Covering

A reusable item made from cloth fabric that protect others from exposure to illnesses the wearer may be carrying. This is the appropriate protection for most individuals and should be laundered in a washing machine daily after use. 

Disposable Surgical Mask

Typically approved for health care
environments these are typically reserved for health care workers but may be used by other individuals as a temporary measure when cloth face coverings are not available

N95 Respirator

Evaluated, tested and approved to reduce the wearer's exposure to fine particles. N95 respirators are not necessary for most individuals and should be reserved for health care workers in contact with ill individuals.

Mask Distribution

Campus departments are prohibited from using UNC funds to independently purchase facemasks for department/unit staff, students etc. PPE distribution for all departments is coordinated through the Department of Environmental Healthy and Safety in order to ensure appropriate specifications and competitive pricing.  

UNC has purchased a modest supply for "emergency/disposable" masks for distribution in the following locations: 

Practice Good Personal Hygiene

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. It's especially important to wash your hands:

  • Before eating or preparing food
  • Before touching your face
  • After using the restroom
  • After leaving a public place
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After handling your cloth face covering
  • After changing a diaper
  • After caring for someone sick
  • After touching animals or pets

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose with unwashed hands.

Sing the bear fight song while washing your hands

Tips for staying healthy

Tips for Staying Healthy

  • Clean surfaces and work space daily
  • Avoid touching your face (ears, mouth and nose) with unwashed hands
  • Only use tissues once and discard after use
  • Don't shake hands, consider alternative ways to greet others
  • Avoided crowded areas and spaces
  • Don't travel to areas with a high number of covid cases

Increased Cleaning and Sanitizing on Campuses

The State of Colorado require plans for enhanced cleaning as part of our campus reopening. As defined by the CDC, sanitization includes two components:

  • Cleaning is the removal of foreign material (e.g., soil, and organic material) from objects;
  • Disinfection means the thermal or chemical destruction of pathogenic and other types of microorganisms.

Additionally, more extensive disinfection of a room or area following known exposure to hazardous or infectious material is typically referred to as decontamination.

Increased cleaning in all UNC spaces

Shared Responsibility

Building custodial staff will clean and disinfect campus buildings more frequently to reduce the spread of pathogens via frequently touched surfaces.

It is impossible for custodial staff to perform these functions with the frequency and extent needed to combat the novel coronavirus. Every member of the UNC community has a responsibility for sanitizing your own work and/or living area and shared resources. Disinfecting wipes (or disinfecting spray and paper towels) will be provided so you can do your part to prevent surface transmission of coronavirus.

Sanitization Procedures and Safety

Protocols for cleaning, disinfecting, and decontaminating campus buildings have been established by Facilities Management and the UNC Office of Environmental Health & Safety in consultation with the Student Health Center and Housing & Residential Education.

Reducing Commonly Touched Surfaces

To reduce the spread of pathogens, and facilitate regular sanitization, we will decrease the number of commonly touched surfaces. This may involve removing shared phones, remote controls, dry erase markers and other objects from shared meeting/work areas.

Social Distancing

Social distancing is critical for Bears return to campus. Over the weeks and months ahead, we need to reimagine the place where we work, learn, and live as a 6-Foot Campus. Physical separation is critical in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 and other contagious diseases.

Inside your living space

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If possible, maintain 6' between the person who is sick and other household members.

Outside your living space

Place 6' of distance between yourself and people who don't live in your household and wear face coverings or masks that cover your mouth and nose. Remember, some people without symptom spread the virus.

COVID 6' ft of separation signage

Classrooms and Space Configurations

We have reconfigured our classroom spaces to separate students by at least 6 feet, marked seats that should not be occupied and decreased seating to 30% of the pre-COVID-19 capacity. Solutions may differ from building to building and will be impacted by how many people return to campus versus continue to work or study from home.

Many individual programs followed the guidance of their professional organizations about best practices for instruction in the environment we currently exist.  Many music performance courses, art studio courses, science laboratory courses, for example, have additional considerations that restricted how they can be taught that had to be considered when finalizing the fall schedule.  Decisions on how these courses are to be taught were made by the faculty. 

Social distancing in the classroom