Notice Regarding Face Coverings

In light of health updates recently issued by the City and County of San Francisco, members of the San Francisco State University community are now required to wear something that covers their nose and mouth when on campus.

For community members’ safety, face coverings must be worn when:

  • On the campus BART shuttle (or waiting for it)
  • Seeking in-person care at Student Health or at Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Entering any open campus facilities
  • Working an essential job that interacts with the public

Specifically for your living environment, face coverings must be worn when:

  • Waiting in line at a service or community desk, counter or dining center
  • Seeking/receiving assistance from Resident Assistants on Duty
  • Facilities work is being conducted in your units
  • When in transit in common areas of your residence halls (hallways, elevators, shared restrooms)

COVID-19 can be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. The use of face coverings protects you and others. Combined with physical distancing and hand washing, face covering can help prevent the spread of the virus. Anyone not wearing a face covering in locations where they are required will be first asked to comply with the order and then asked to leave the facility or service counter if they remain non-compliant.

However, certain groups are not required to wear face coverings:

  • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is not able to take off a face covering without help
  • Those with documented chronic health conditions
  • Those who are deaf and use facial and mouth movements as part of communication may remove their face covering while signing

Residence community members are also encouraged to procure or make their own face coverings, when possible. The CDC has simple instructions on how to make your own face covering. It is important to follow best practices for wearing and cleaning face coverings; find guidelines at the CDC website

As a reminder, while on-campus housing remains open for a smaller group of residents, SF State continues offering instruction and most services remotely to limit transmission of the virus.

Our housing team stands by to respond If you have questions.  Please contact University Housing at or visit the University’s COVID-19 website.