To provide for the ongoing health and safety of all persons on Linn-Benton Community College properties through the implementation of clear expectations for physical distancing while on campus to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.


In alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE’s) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Linn-Benton Community College is updating its physical distancing rule, effective June 30, 2021. It applies to all Linn-Benton Community College locations and serves the College’s goal to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. This College rule may be revised subsequently to align with federal, state, and local guidance as the public health response evolves.

Physical distancing is intended to reduce contact for unvaccinated people, especially in large crowds. In accordance with the CDC guidelines for IHE’s, those who have not been fully vaccinated are recommended to maintain a distance of six (6) feet between individuals to the greatest extent possible. In complying with this rule, all members of the College community at all LBCC locations are to configure spaces as needed, including classrooms, workplaces, and restaurants to provide for maximum physical distancing. Consistent with the CDC guidelines, employees, students, and members of the community are required to utilize face coverings in all facilities and situations where maintaining six (6) feet of separation at all times between individuals is not possible.

Using physical distancing, face coverings and hygiene measures serve as a central public health measure to reduce the spread of infection across all College settings. In addition to adherence to applicable executive orders and other legal requirements regarding face coverings, all LBCC employees, students, visitors, and community members shall abide by Temporary Administrative Rule No. 5095-07 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 Use of Face Coverings.


This College rule is issued to contribute to the health and safety of the LBCC community to align with the CDC guidance for IHE’s.

This College rule applies to all LBCC employees, students, volunteers, visitors, and community members on all LBCC properties.

  • Unvaccinated individuals should maintain a minimum of six (6) feet between themselves and other employees, students, or community members.
  • Employees, in consultation with their supervisor, must ensure that their workspace is set up for physical distancing measures to the greatest extent possible.
  • All workspace and restroom facilities must display signs that encourage frequent hand washing as guided by county, state, and federal public health agencies.
  • Meetings should be conducted using remote means wherever practical. All necessary in-person meetings unvaccinated individuals should follow physical distancing practices.
  • We will require self-reporting of health status for everyone entering campus. Individuals who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and/or body aches, or loss of taste or smell, should stay home, avoid close contact with others, and contact their primary health care provider for medical advice. Upon exposure or if symptomatic, employees should contact their supervisor.

LBCC’s Coronavirus Response Coordinators (Director of Human Resources, Vice President of Finance and Operations, or their designees) will serve as the College’s Physical Distancing Officers.  


Exceptions to this College rule include:

  • Individuals who have been fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC;
  • Distancing that goes against documented industry best practices for a specific position, or by law or regulation, including the use of standard personal protective equipment (“PPE”) per Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards in which case alternate protective measures will be put in place to reduce the potential for exposure;
  • Confined areas such as hallways, doorways, elevators, restrooms, etc.;
  • Where space can be designed to provide for adequate barriers;
  • Individuals with medical conditions that prohibit them from being alone;
  • College vehicles, including carts, and
  • Other spaces as designated and visibly marked with signage by the Coronavirus Response Coordinators.

When physical distancing is not possible, face coverings and hygiene measures must be used (see Temporary Administrative Rule No. 5095-07 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 Use of Face Coverings).


The College will post signage clearly stating physical distancing requirements, including access to services for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

LBCC’s rule will and may be amended if regulatory conditions change or guidance from health authorities evolves. This may include local or state-level laws or guidance related to business practices (e.g., food service, labs, etc.).

LBCC may transition from recommending to requiring the use of physical distancing based on local conditions and guidance from the CDC, OHA, and local health authorities.

LBCC will continue to follow OSHA and industry guidance related to workplace safety (e.g., safe clean protocols for custodial workers, or as indicated for food services workers).

Individuals who need accommodations or have special requests should contact the Center for Accessibility Resources (CFAR) at 541-917-4789.

Individuals who engage in harassing, discriminatory, bullying, or retaliatory behavior towards those because they are or are not physical distancing may be subject to investigation and sanction under other applicable LBCC policies.

This rule is in addition to LBCC AR 5095-07 regarding preventing the spread of COVID-19. Guidelines regarding remote work and physical distancing remain in place. Please continue to practice wearing a face covering even when physical distancing.

This Physical Distancing Rule is considered temporary. The use of physical distancing in the workplace will be re-assessed periodically, following the guidelines set forth by the CDC guidelines for IHE’s. 

Please direct any questions regarding the rule and physical distancing to the Coronavirus Response Coordinators which includes the Director of Human Resources, Vice President of Finance and Operations, or their designees. 

Related Documentation:


LBCC COVID-19 Resources and Updates

Temporary Administrative Rule No. 5095-07—NOVEL CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 Use of Face Coverings

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on wearing cloth face coverings

Oregon Health Authority Mask Recommendations and Requirements

Additional Resources from CDC for Institutions of Higher Education; Guidance for the Conduct  of in-Person Instructional, Residential, and Research Activities at Oregon Colleges and Universities

CDC’s “Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

Oregon Health Authority Masking Requirements for Indoor Spaces: Reportable Diseases Masking Requirements for Indoor Spaces 333-019-1025

Oregon Secretary of State, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division

CDC “Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

CDC: Guidance on ventilation and filtration

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

OHA General Guidance for Employers on COVID-19 re: physical barriers

Oregon local public health authority (LPHA) directory
note that “CD nurse” is the number for communicable disease issues


DATE(S) OF REVISION(S):  6/26/2020; 9/29/2020; 7/27/21; 8/11/21; 9/13/21