Incident Management Team update: Revised face covering policy goes into effect

People wearing face coverings
People wearing face coverings.
Image Credit: University Photographers

Grand Valley has revised its face covering policy based on July 9/10 executive orders by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Changes will be considered based on CDC guidance and state and federal requirements.

The use of face coverings, such as masks, are just one element in reducing the risk of COVID-19. They must be combined with social distancing, hand washing, self-assessments and a requirement to stay home when ill (even with mild symptoms) to have the best opportunity to reduce risk. 

Face coverings that cover the mouth and nose are required indoors. Face coverings are required outdoors when social distancing is not possible.

Face coverings are not required when:

In residence halls when in a personal room, suite or apartment.

In dining areas, while eating and drinking.

In an enclosed space, when an individual is the sole occupant.

In work areas not open to the public where 6 feet of social distance can be consistently maintained. Within office suites, only reception areas are considered open to the public.

Outdoors when social distancing is possible.

Those unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition will be directed to Disability Support Resources (DSR) for further assistance. The university will provide two face coverings to each employee, and one to each enrolled student.

A toolkit, which includes videos and articles about face coverings, advice to faculty and frequently asked questions, is available.

More information can be found at gvsu.edu/lakerstogether.

The Admissions office has resumed on-campus tours by appointment. Email admissions@gvsu.edu or call (616) 331-2025 or (800) 748-0246 to schedule a tour.

Those without an appointment may use the self-guided mobile option at gvsu.oncampustour.com

The IMT is made up of representatives from various campus departments, including the Grand Valley Police Department, Office of the Vice Provost for Health, Facilities Services, Housing and Residence Life, Human Resources, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and University Communications. An expanded group of more than 35 people meets weekly.

Members of the university's Technical Advisory Group (TAG) serve as a resource to research and advise the IMT regarding varying aspects of the current emergency facing the university. TAG ensures the IMT has up-to-date recommended health standards and information from federal, state and local authorities, as well as best practices regarding preparedness, prevention and response information.

For more information on GVSU's Fall 2020 plan, visit www.gvsu.edu/lakerstogether