PLEASE NOTE: Effective Wednesday, September 28, NYU will be lifting many existing COVID-19 protocols regarding masking, eating and drinking, testing, and performing arts practices. This page will be updated to reflect these changes. Please see the September 23rd announcement for the most current information.  

Mask Requirements

All members of the NYU community are required to follow the mask requirements listed below which pertain to all NYU buildings and University-sponsored activities, both on and off campus.  Masks must cover both mouth and nose.

When are masks required?

NYU requires that all members of the NYU community—students, faculty, administrators, staff, visitors, vendors, and affiliates—wear appropriate masks indoors in settings and spaces: (1) where in-person attendance is obligatory; AND (2) that involve exposure to the same individuals over a prolonged period of time. These spaces include:

  • Classrooms or other instructional spaces
  • Meetings, huddles, or events in which in-person attendance is obligatory
  • Workplaces that involve exposure to the same individuals over a prolonged period of time
  • University Transportation, such as NYU shuttle buses and Safe Ride
  • Healthcare settings, including the Student Health Center

When are masks optional?

Members of the NYU community are not required to wear masks in: (1) discretionary settings where in-person attendance is optional, OR (2) settings that involve transient interactions, which are less likely to result in transmission of COVID-19. These include:

  • Riding the elevator or passing through hallways
  • Passing through a workspace to get to another space (e.g., passing a campus safety desk or other open workspace)
  • Completing a quick transaction in an employee’s workspace (e.g., making a purchase, dropping off a package)
  • Residence hall lounges
  • Gyms
  • Kimmel lounges and common areas
  • Meetings or student events where attendance is voluntary
  • Individuals working alone in single occupancy spaces with their doors closed

In these settings, individuals can still choose to wear a mask to reduce their personal risk. High quality masks are readily available to the public and one-way masking is effective in helping prevent COVID-19 transmission.

Acceptable Masks

  • Disposable masks (surgical or medical procedure masks)
  • KN95 masks
  • KF94 mask
  • N95 masks

At this time, everyone should consider double-masking or a higher-grade mask, such as a KN95 or KF94. Using a cloth mask over a disposable mask improves the fit and adds layers.

Masks That Are Not Acceptable

  • Masks with one-way valves or vents.
  • Bandanas, scarves, and face covering made with other repurposed clothing items.
  • Cloth masks, unless being used as a second layer over a disposable mask.

Some individuals may have a condition they feel would prohibit them wearing a face covering or mask. If you feel this way and you are faculty, staff or an administrator you should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at for a discussion. Students should email

Get the Most Protection From Your Mask

When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has. Always clean your hands with soap and water (or if that’s not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer) before putting on or taking off your mask.

A Good Face Mask Should:

  • Cover your nose and mouth. Don't wear your mask hanging under your nose or mouth or around your neck. You won't get the protection you need. Don't wear the mask on top of your head, or take it off and on repeatedly. Once it is in place, leave the mask in place until you are no longer in public.
  • Have a snug fit. Your mask should fit snugly against your face, including your nose, mouth, and chin. Make sure your mask doesn’t have any air gaps around the edges
  • Have multiple layers. Pick a mask with layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others’ out.

Other Considerations to Get the Most Protection:

  • Nose wire. Choose a mask with a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.
  • Mask fitters. Consider using a mask fitter or brace over a disposable mask to prevent air from leaking around the edges.
  • Facial hair. Certain types of facial hair, like beards, can make mask fitting difficult.
  • Try the "knot and tuck" method. Knot and tuck a disposable mask to improve the fit. Learn how (video)
  • Consider double masking. Wearing a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask should push the edges of the disposable mask against your face for a snugger fit.
    • Do not wear two disposable masks. They are not designed to fit tightly and wearing more than one will not improve fit.
    • Do not combine a KN95 mask with any other mask.
Proper face mask use covering your nose and mouth.

DO wear your face mask so that it fully covers your nose and mouth. (NY State Department of Health)

Improper examples of face mask usage

DON'T let your face mask hang below your nose, above your mouth, on your chin, or on your forehead. (NY State Department of Health)

How to Obtain

While NYU community members are expected to supply their own masks, the University keeps a supply of disposable surgical masks available to access as needed. Masks can be obtained at most Campus Safety stations, all residence halls, and from NYU’s Public Health Ambassadors.

Other Forms of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Depending upon the circumstances and type of work performed, additional personal protective equipment may be required. Individuals will be contacted by their school or unit supervisor with additional information. Questions regarding additional PPE can be directed to the local HR representative for your school or unit.