New York state continues to take action to combat the spread of COVID-19, including requiring all residents to wear a mask and practice physical distancing (maintaining a six-foot distance from others) in public. Wearing a mask and remaining physically distant from others – together with regular hand washing and the use of sanitizer and keeping your hands and fingers away from your face – are the very best ways for you to control the spread of the virus. For the mask to protect others, it must be worn over your nose and mouth.

In accordance with New York state emergency regulations, Cornell must deny entry to university-owned buildings and compel the removal of any person who fails to comply with face covering requirements.

Further guidance on how to protect yourself and others is available from the New York State Department of Health.

How to Wear a Mask

Do: Complete cover your nose and mouth
Don't: Wear a mask under your nose or chin
Do: Wear a mask indoors and when physical distancing is not possible outdoors.
Don't: Hang your mask around your neck or from your ear.
Do: Wear a mask that fits snugly against your face.
Don't: Leave gaps on the sides.

Masks CAN prevent inhaling and exhaling the virus, protecting you and those around you. Have a mask on your person at all times.

Masks CAN’T replace the need for other protective measures, like physical distancing and handwashing.

Face Covering Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions