Face Mask Policy

Indoors: Masks are required indoors only for gatherings of more than 10 people.

  • This policy does not apply to classrooms, where masks are still required at all times, except for instructors while they are lecturing.
  • If you have not been fully vaccinated, you must wear a mask indoors at all times.

Rice community members are encouraged to use their best judgment in all situations and should carry a mask with them at all times for such situations.

Outdoors: Masks are not required outdoors.

Face masks. A face mask must be multilayered, fit snugly against the sides of the face and under the chin without gaps, and completely cover the nose and mouth. It is preferable to have a moldable nose piece and adjustable ear straps to ensure a snug fit. Among the face coverings that are not acceptable under the updated policy are masks made of single-layer material, gaiters, masks with valves, bandanas or any other face covering that does not fit properly and leaves gaps.