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Face Coverings Required

Wearing of Face Coverings/Masks

This policy has been updated to align with Executive Order No. 2020-50, which states that face coverings/masks must be worn in all state government offices, buildings and facilities.

Every person is required to wear a face covering/mask when on a TCTC campus or at a TCTC learning center. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Classrooms*
  • Labs*
  • Study areas
  • Lobbies, hallways, elevators, stairwells or restrooms
  • Lounges/cafes/breakrooms
  • Entrances and exits
  • While interacting in person with another student, employee or visitor
  • While in a state vehicle with another individual, while in a vehicle for the purposes of conducting state business that is occupied by another individual, and while using drive-through services
  • In any area that TCTC determines that wearing a face covering is required

*Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required in some cases. If such a requirement exists, it will be communicated to students by their instructor.


Location Exemptions

The wearing of a face covering/mask may be advisable, but is not required when:

  • Alone in a personal or company vehicle
  • Alone in a private, individual office, or in an individual work space when not interacting with others
  • Outdoors so long as six feet of physical distancing is maintained
  • Eating or drinking


Persons with Conditions that May Impact Their Use of Face Coverings/Masks

Accommodations will be reviewed with individuals and determinations made based on documentation of a condition or disability and suggestions for face covering/mask alternatives by a medical provider. Possible accommodations will be discussed specific to each individual’s documented needs. Students and employees should request accommodations and discuss their needs prior to visiting any TCTC campus or location as face coverings/masks are required at this time.



“Face covering/mask” means a clean cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers both the mouth and nose, including, but not limited to, surgical masks, respirators, face shields, handmade masks, bandanas, neck gaiters, scarves, or wraps made up of tightly woven fabric such as denim or cotton.

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when worn properly, face coverings/masks should:
  • Cover the mouth and nose
  • Fit snuggly against the sides of the face, the bridge of the nose, and the chin
  • Not be removed, lowered below the nose or to the neck, expose the mouth, or be pushed up to the forehead

For complete guidance on wearing face coverings/masks, visit the CDC’s website.


Face Covering/Mask Design

Any designs or insignia on face coverings/masks should be professional and adhere to TCTC’s dress code and other policies.


Provision of Services

TCTC may refuse to provide in-person service to an individual who is not wearing a face covering/mask and will not or cannot wear a face covering if an alternate means of service is readily and reasonably available to the individual and the individual is provided with information about how to access the alternate means of service.


Effective Date

This policy took effect on June 29, 2020, and was updated on August 3, 2020, to align with Executive Order No. 2020-50. The policy shall remain in effect until it is deemed no longer necessary by TCTC President Galen DeHay.