Governor's mandatory face mask directive

June 25, 2020

This message was sent to faculty, students and staff at the University of Nevada, Reno.

To Our University Community:

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a directive requiring that all Nevadans and visitors to the state wear mandatory face coverings when they are out in public, with a few limited exceptions. Gov. Sisolak’s directive, Directive 024, is effective tomorrow, Friday, June 26, 2020 and comes as the state has faced a four-week climb in cases of COVID-19.

In accordance with Gov. Sisolak’s directive and in alignment with previous health and safety instructions from Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly, the new directive mandates that face coverings must be worn in any public space, including public transportation, public facing work environments or when patronizing businesses, or interacting with others in generally publicly accessible space.

The University will continue to follow previously issued instructions regarding Phase 2 of our operations, which include, “Facial coverings are required in all areas except when an employee is alone in a private office space.” This includes use of facial coverings by faculty, staff and students in any type of in-person classroom instruction at any University office, property, field work or sponsored event. This also applies to visitors on campus. The University also continues to stress that social distancing of at least six feet is required at all times.


Marc A. Johnson