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Updated Masking Policy Clarification


Members of our community have reached out for clarification with regards to the new mask policy shared on Monday, September 26th. In response, we are sharing the following.

2.3 Face Coverings and Masks

Based on current transmission rates in Hennepin County and CDC/MDH guidelines, all MCAD community members are encouraged to wear masks, but not required, except in certain circumstances outlined below. This policy is subject to change and meant to provide guidance; it may not address every specific situation. 

Masks are required during:
  • All forms of instruction regardless of where these take place (i.e., classrooms, labs, studios, hallways, etc.)
    • Faculty-led classes
    • Faculty-led demonstrations
    • Staff-led demonstrations
    • Staff-led tutoring
    • Staff-led technical instruction and support
  • ‘High-density’ events with non-MCAD guests in attendance.
  • Resident Student Van Trips
Masks are encouraged, but not required in:
  • Dorm and apartment areas
  • Halls and corridors
  • Cafeteria
  • Restrooms
  • Office areas
  • Studio spaces where instruction isn’t occurring.
  • Outdoor areas
  • All other common areas on campus

In addition to the modified masking policy, we will be increasing the maximum capacity of people who use the MCAD Fitness Center from two to three at any one time. Reservations to use the Fitness Center will still be required through the Places and Spaces scheduling system.

We are also keeping a close watch on the latest trends of Monkeypox. Currently, the CDC and MDH recommend continuing with normal operations, as the risk of transmission is still very low.  But as a matter of caution, MCAD is formulating a response plan if needed.

If anyone begins to display possible COVID-like symptoms or as directed by the MCAD Covid Contract tracer, they are required to wear a CDC/MDH-recommended mask or face covering in all indoor spaces and close-contact outdoor spaces, until it can be conclusively determined they have COVID-19 or not. That person may contact for assistance with testing.

Thank you.

Sunday, October 2