Workspaces: If you work in an open environment, be sure to maintain at least six feet from co-workers. If possible, have at least one workspace separating co-workers. Employees are required to wear a face mask or face covering at all times while in a shared workspace or room, hallway, kitchen or bathroom. (See section on Face Masks/Cloth Face Coverings below.)
Measures to physically separate and increase distance among employees, other co-workers and customers have been implemented in open work environments and meeting rooms.
- Visual cues such as floor decals, colored tape or signs to indicate to students or other visitors where they should stand while waiting in line.
- Masks or face coverings are required while inside campus facilities. Face coverings will be worn in addition to and not as a substitute for social distancing. Face coverings aren’t required when alone in an enclosed office or study room or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met.
Meetings: Convening in groups increases the risk of viral transmission. Meetings should be held in whole or part using the extensive range of available collaboration tools such as Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams, telephone, etc.
If a meeting must be held in person, it should be limited to the fewest number of people as possible, while maintaining six feet social distancing. Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in meeting rooms to support social distancing practices among attendees.
During time on campus, employees are encouraged to communicate with colleagues and supervisors as needed by email, instant message, telephone or other technology rather than face to face.
Public Transportation and Georgia State Transit: If you must take public transportation, wear a mask before entering the bus or train and avoid touching surfaces with your hands. Upon disembarking, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol as soon as possible and before removing your mask.
Use of Restrooms: Face masks are required while inside campus facilities. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water afterward to reduce the potential transmission of germs.
Use of Elevators: Face masks are required when using elevators. Elevators are limited to 1-4 persons, depending on the size of the elevator. Employees should use the stairs whenever possible. If using the elevator, wear your mask or face covering and gloves. Avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed fingers. Use your elbow or knuckle. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol upon departing the elevator.
Social Distancing: Keeping space between you and others is one of the best ways to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and slowing its spread. Because people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. Staff at work on-site should follow these social distancing practices:
- Stay at least six feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people at all times.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
Face Masks and Cloth Face Coverings:
University System of Georgia institutions require faculty, staff, students and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities. Face coverings will be worn in addition to and not as a substitute for social distancing. Face coverings aren’t required in one’s own dorm room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room or in outdoor settings where social-distancing requirements are met.
Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff or students. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.
When you wear a face covering you’re protecting yourself, but equally important, you’re protecting other members of the university community. You’re showing you’re taking responsibility for the welfare of those around you.