face coverings

Statement on face coverings

It is vital that we all feel comfortable, confident and safe at Cambridge. We continually monitor the latest public health advice and take account of the science.

face coverings

Updated 25 February 2021

The University and Colleges now expect all members of the Cambridge community to wear face coverings at all times in all indoor work or study settings, even if social distancing of at least 2m can be maintained. The only exceptions are work in single-occupancy rooms with closed doors, when actively eating or drinking, or when the individual concerned has a medical exemption.

Staff should carry face coverings with them at all times and wear them when asked to do so by College or University authorities.   

Face coverings are required in all communal spaces in College except when eating or drinking (which is currently only permitted in the Club Room and dining hall). This includes the Library, marquees, OCR and all other communal spaces.

Individuals who are exempt from wearing a face covering are encouraged to wear a sunflower lanyard and/or a visor, if that is possible, and maintain 2-metre social distance from anyone not in their own household.


You do not need to wear a face covering if you have any of the following:

  • Pre-existing breathing difficulties and/or other respiratory conditions not related to suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection
  • Mental-health conditions such as anxiety or panic disorders exacerbated by wearing a face covering
  • Non-visible disabilities that would be exacerbated by wearing a face covering
  • Visual impairments, with a restricted field of vision, particularly if any residual vision is at the lower edge of the normal field of view
  • Impairments that would make it difficult to put on or take off a face covering safely, accurately, consistently or without pain.

For more information on face coverings, see the University Guidance on Face Coverings