WSU Students and Staff Wear Masks on Campus to Prevent Spread of COVID-19


Winona Statue University-Rochester Mask Giveaway

Tuesday, August 11
Noon-4 PM
WSU-Rochester on Broadway Building
400 South Broadway Ave, Downtown Rochester
Look for the tent outside on our deck!


Winona State University-Rochester students, faculty and staff are invited to stop by our WSU-Rochester on Broadway building (400 South Broadway Avenue in Downtown Rochester) to pick up their official Winona State University face mask.

We’ll be having our first mask giveaway on Tuesday, August 11 from Noon-4 PM. Look for our tent on the outside deck at our building in Downtown Rochester, corner of Broadway Ave S and 4th St SE.

Stay tuned for future mask giveaway dates and locations.



Winona State University Mask Requirements


Wearing a mask will help our campus community maintain our health and safety by preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Effective Monday, July 13, 2020, all students, faculty and staff, and visitors are required to use a cloth face covering to cover both the nose and mouth at all times when on any Winona State University campus or property, including in Rochester, with the following exceptions:

  • When outdoors, provided appropriate physical distancing can be observed.
  • When eating or drinking, provided appropriate physical distancing can be observed.
  • When in one’s assigned apartment or residence hall room.
  • When alone in an office, study area, or other private space where it is unlikely you will encounter others.
  • When alone in a motor vehicle or utility vehicle used for university business.
  • When an accommodation is necessary as indicated by a medical or similar subject matter expert and granted by express written permission of the University. To request an accommodation, please contact Access Services (students) or Human Resources (employees).

Students and faculty in internship, clinical, and other experiential learning settings may have to take additional respiratory precautions based on the specific setting, practice, and host site guidelines and expectations.

Please note this guidance may be subject to change on short notice.

This directive will remain in effect until further notice and applies to all University campuses and properties in both Winona and Rochester, including leased facilities, transit shelters and university shuttles. It may be subject to change on short notice. Any updates will be shared directly with students and employees as well as posted to the WSU COVID-19 webpage.



Masks at WSU-Rochester and RCTC


All students, employees and visitors are expected to have a mask on their person any time they are on WSU property and leased facilities including here in Rochester. Please note that WSU students and employees on the Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) campus are expected to follow WSU’s guidance on masks. RCTC has established their own policy effective Thursday, July 16 requiring that any person in a public or common space within the buildings of the RCTC Campus must wear a cloth or disposable face covering. Face coverings are also strongly encouraged when conducting any university business regardless of location (e.g., off-site travel or training), and may be required by local ordinance, depending on the destination.



State and City Mask Requirements

As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces, unless alone. Read more about the Minnesota State face covering requirements and recommendations from the Minnesota State Department of Health.

Both the City of Rochester and the City of Winona have implemented citywide mask ordinances requiring that masks be worn in indoor public spaces with some exceptions. Be sure to follow all mask requirements when you are out in the community as well as on campus.



Need a Mask? Just Ask!


Free cloth face masks will be available to all WSU-Rochester students, faculty and staff at the start of the fall semester. We are ready to stay safe and to keep learning. Stay tuned for future distribution details.

The City of Rochester is currently distributing free face masks at locations across the city while supplies last. Free masks may be obtained from the Rochester Public Library Bookmobile, the Mayo Civic Center Day Center, Rochester Police Department Squad Cars, Rochester Fire Stations, and the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association.

View City of Rochester free mask distribution times and locations. 

We understand that you may need assistance and answers about these mask requirements and our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our WSU-Rochester Student and Campus Services Office is here to provide you with assistance from a distance. Please let us know how we can help.


Masks and the WSU Community


This face covering guidance has been established to maintain the health and safety of the WSU community, which may be at a higher risk for spread of COVID-19 due to the university setting, larger population, shared living environments, etc. Students and employees are expected to behave responsibly and with respect for themselves and for others. Any student, employee or visitor who fails to follow this guidance may be asked or directed to leave university property. However, please also recognize that, as noted above, some members of our community may be exempted from the parameters of this guidance. We ask that you practice patience and kindness as we work together to make our community safe, healthy and accommodating for all.

For more information visit the WSU COVID-19 webpage, which continues to be updated with the latest news, announcements and links about WSU’s response efforts.

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