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Ohio State offers free face masks as spring semester begins

University encourages campus community to monitor evolving guidelines

As spring semester begins at The Ohio State University and COVID-19 continues to spread in the state, masks are still required in all indoor spaces on all campuses, regardless of vaccination status. This requirement also applies to CABS and other public transportation.

Surgical maskWhen dining on campus, community members and visitors are asked to replace their masks between bites and sips. Anyone, regardless of vaccination status, who has been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 should wear a mask for 10 days after that contact.

The guidance on the best type and fit of masks continues to evolve. Ohio State strongly recommends surgical or medical-grade disposable masks. Double-masking is recommended for those using cloth masks. University community members are encouraged to regularly check the CDC guidance on masks and other health and safety measures.

Free face masks are available for students, faculty and staff at a variety of campus locations, including: all residence halls, all recreation facilities, most university libraries and the Ohio Union information desk. Masks can be picked up during business hours, and details about locations are below.

University Libraries

Masks are available at circulation desks in the university libraries listed below. Hours can be found on the University Libraries website.

Recreation Centers

Masks are available at entrances of all recreation facilities.

Ohio Union

Masks are available at the Ohio Union Information Desk.

Regional Campuses

Masks also are available at the testing sites at each of Ohio State’s regional campuses and at the following locations:

  • Lima: Nutrien Welcome Desk of the Perry Webb Student Life Building
  • Mansfield: Campus Recreation Center
  • Marion: Alber Student Center
  • Newark: Adena Recreation Center
  • Wooster: Student Activity Center


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