Face Covering Requirements

As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor's Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.

WHERE YOU HAVE TO WEAR A MASK:

  • In all public, indoor spaces and businesses, including when waiting outside to enter the space.
  • On public transportation such as buses, trains, taxi, ride-share vehicles or vehicles being used for business purposes.
  • Workers: When working outdoors where social distancing is not possible.
  • When at an indoor or outdoor business that has elected to require face coverings. Riverland requires masks on all three of its campuses.

WHERE YOU DON’T HAVE TO WEAR A MASK:

  • When at home, in an assigned room or living unit (e.g., hotel or motel room) or other short or long-term housing unit. This would include Student Housing when alone in your own unit.
  • When in a private vehicle.
  • Outdoors or participating in outdoor recreation.

WHEN YOU CAN TEMPORARILY REMOVE YOUR MASK:

  • While eating or drinking if you can maintain six feet of physical distance from other parties.
  • When someone asks to verify your identity for lawful purposes like ordering an alcoholic beverage or entering certain events.
  • When participating in activity where the face covering will get wet, like swimming.
  • While communicating with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing or who has a medical condition, disability or mental health condition that makes communication with that individual difficult.
  • While receiving a service, including dental or medical procedures or personal care service that cannot be performed whilte wearing a mask.
  • When alone, such as working in an office or cubicle with walls higher than face level when social distancing is maintained.
  • Participating in organized sports where the level of exertion makes wearing a face covering difficult.
  • Indoor physical exercise, such as a gym or fitness center, where the level of exertion makes wearing a mask difficult, as long as social distancing is possible.
  • When testifying, speaking, singing or performing in indoor settings (e.g. theaters, news conferences, court proceedings or lectures) so long as social distancing is possible.
  • During practices or performances when a mask gets in the way of playing a musical instrument.

WHEN IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO WEAR A MASK:

  • In any public, outdoor space or business when social distancing is not possible.
  • Private social gatherings.
  • At home for people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • During organized sporting activities if it is safe and practical.
  • When at home or in a private vehicle when someone who is not a member of same household is present.

The information on this webpage is subject to change without notice. 

    Have a question? Please submit it here.       

Student Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)   

      Student Technology Help & Resources