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The UW has updated its face covering and physical distancing policies. Learn more.

With the end of the state’s Healthy Washington phases on June 30, the University of Washington’s Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses are basing our health and safety guidelines on state and local health requirements and guidance.

The following items apply to all UW campuses and work locations, with certain exemptions as indicated below. UW Medicine and units with clinical operations should continue to follow health-care-specific guidance.


You must continue to stay home if you are sick, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if you test positive for COVID-19. Notify UW Environmental Health & Safety if you test positive for COVID-19 or have close contact with an individual who has tested positive. This requirement applies even if you’re fully vaccinated. EH&S conducts public health follow-up, including contact tracing. UW Medicine medical center employees should contact their respective Employee Health Center. Additional details and contact information are in the relevant FAQ.


Current health requirements and guidelines

Instruction

Autumn quarter courses will be largely in-person. Students needing accommodations and/or auxiliary aids due to a disability or temporary health condition should contact Disability Resources for Students.

Student life

Services will be largely in-person, following public health guidance. Residence halls operate at full capacity.

Vaccinations

All UW students and personnel are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or to declare an exemption.

UW personnel except for UW Medicine: Complete via Workday as soon as possible after you have been fully vaccinated or have decided to declare an exemption, and no later than September 10, 2021.

UW Medicine personnel: All employees in our hospitals, clinics, and other clinical environments are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or claim an exemption prior to Friday, September 10. Details on completing this requirement are available from UW Medicine.

UW Students: Complete via Hall Health as soon as you have been fully vaccinated or decided to declare an exemption, or by the start of autumn quarter on September 29, 2021.

  • Students who are unable to get vaccinated until after arriving to a University campus may submit their form by November 5, 2021.
  • A hold will be placed on winter quarter registration for students who have not submitted their forms by November 5, 2021. 
  • Student employees must complete this attestation and the one for employees.

For FAQs and more details, see Environmental Health & Safety’s UW COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Face coverings

All University units must follow the updated UW COVID-19 Face Covering Policy. As of July 7, face coverings are optional for fully vaccinated individuals at UW campuses and facilities, with specific exceptions that include health-care and child-care facilities, and UW shuttles, where you must wear face coverings regardless of your vaccination status.

Consistent with state regulations, individuals who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a face covering indoors at all UW campuses and facilities, in accordance with the UW Face Covering Policy. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should also consider wearing face coverings outdoors when in crowds or when distancing is not possible.

Supervisors are required to verify vaccination status of personnel prior to lifting the face covering requirement for a fully vaccinated individual in the workplace. Supervisors will be able to view a vaccine attestation report in Workday on 7/9/21.

Of course, you’re welcome to continue wearing face coverings wherever and whenever you wish for any reason. And just as in the broader community, our University includes individuals who are unable to be vaccinated or whose medical conditions put them at higher risk for infection.

Physical distancing, capacity and other updates

Based on state guidance, as of July 7, the UW is lifting both indoor and outdoor distancing and COVID-19 capacity requirements, though distancing is still recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

Also consistent with state requirements, Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) is updating the University’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan template, events guidance, cleaning and disinfection procedures, training and other guidance documents. EH&S will post updates to its COVID-19 health and safety resources over the next several weeks

On-site work and related activities prior to Sept. 10, 2021

  • The UW supports telework flexibility. If an employee can telework without impeding operations, they should be allowed to do so.
  • Employees who can telework but would prefer to come to campus are encouraged work on site as long as COVID-19 safety measures are in place and it is operationally feasible.
  • Units must provide employees with at least 30-days’ notice before they ask them to report back to work in person to support unit preparations for an in-person autumn quarter. Exceptions can be made for emergency situations and in accordance with relevant collective bargaining agreements.
  • All on-site work must adhere to all appropriate safety measures and the unit’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan. Follow the Return to On-site Work Decision Tree to determine what work activities are permitted to occur on-site.

On-site work and related activities after Sept. 10, 2021

High-risk populations

Accommodations are required for employees at high-risk for serious illness who request them.

Travel

Intercollegiate athletics: Operates under specific guidance from state and local health authorities, including guidelines for spectator events.


Safely returning to our campuses

On March 19, 2021, chancellors, deans, vice presidents and other direct reports to President Cauce and Provost Richards received Back-to-the-Workplace Guidance covering the period from the start of Phase 3 on March 22, 2021 and continuing through to Sept. 10, 2021. This guidance works in concert with each unit’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan and Safe Start Checklist, which is submitted to the Executive Office for review and approval.

On May 13, 2021, those leaders received Back-to-the-Workplace Guidance for Staff for the period beginning Sept. 11, 2021. This guidance is supplemented by UWHR’s Return to onsite work page, which includes on-site work and telework resources for managers and employees.

Additionally, on March 31, 2021, the Back-to-School Task Force issued guidance regarding in-person instruction-related activities and student services for the spring and summer, running from the start of spring quarter on March 29, 2021 through Sept. 10, 2021. The UW is developing guidance for a safe return to in-person instruction in autumn 2021.

More details are available on the Back-to-the Workplace Task Force and Back-to-School Task Force pages.


Archived information: Healthy Washington phases

The state’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan ended June 30. The following information is maintained as an archive of the University’s application the Healthy Washington phases. Units may have had guidelines that were stricter than the University-level guidelines.

Healthy Washington Phase 1

On-site work and related activities: Telework is strongly encouraged. All on-site work must adhere to all appropriate safety measures and the unit’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan. Follow the Return to On-site Work Decision Tree to determine what work activities are permitted to occur on-site.

High-risk populations: Accommodations are required for employees at high-risk for serious illness who request them.

In-person, non-instructional university-sponsored events: Must follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines for events, including submitting a prevention plan. In general, events must follow specific capacity restrictions below.

  • Indoor: Only if necessary and with no more than six attendees. Hold events remotely when possible. No non-UW events on UW campuses.
  • Outdoor: Only if necessary and with no more than 10 attendees. Hold events remotely when possible. No non-UW events on UW campuses.

Travel: Official international travel and non-essential domestic travel are restricted under University guidelines. Non-essential personal travel is strongly discouraged. Check with your unit’s leadership regarding unit-specific restrictions.

Instruction:

  • Conducted in accordance with the state’s Campus Reopening Guide and UW guidance.
  • Majority of courses offered remotely.
  • Clinical instruction with safety protocols may be offered in-person.
  • Lab and practicum courses with physical distancing and safety protocols may be offered in-person.

Student life:

  • Services offered remotely with limited exceptions for services only able to be delivered in person.
  • Dining services match restaurant guidelines.
  • Student residents de-densified with appropriate physical distancing and public health procedures (roommates are considered household members).

Intercollegiate athletics: Operates under specific guidance from state and local health authorities.

Healthy Washington Phase 2

On-site work and related activities: Telework is strongly encouraged. All on-site work must adhere to all appropriate safety measures and the unit’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan. Follow the Return to On-site Work Decision Tree to determine what work activities are permitted to occur on-site.

High-risk populations: Accommodations are required for employees at high-risk for serious illness who request them.

In-person, non-instructional university-sponsored events: Must follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines for events, including submitting a prevention plan. In general, events must follow specific capacity restrictions below.

  • Indoor: Maximum 25% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less. Events over 50 people require University approval via Environmental Health & Safety. Hold events remotely when possible. No non-UW events on UW campuses.
  • Outdoor: Groups of 15 attendees, not to exceed 200 people. Events over 50 people require University approval via Environmental Health & Safety. Hold events remotely when possible. No non-UW events on UW campuses.

Travel: Official international travel and non-essential domestic travel are restricted under University guidelines. Non-essential personal travel is strongly discouraged. Check with your unit’s leadership regarding unit-specific restrictions.

Instruction:

  • Conducted in accordance with the state’s Campus Reopening Guide and UW guidance.
  • Majority of courses offered remotely.
  • Clinical instruction with safety protocols may be offered in-person.
  • Lab and practicum courses with physical distancing and safety protocols may be offered in-person.

Student life:

  • Combination of remote and in-person services with appropriate physical distancing and public health procedures.
  • Student residents allowed with appropriate physical distancing and public health procedures (roommates are considered household members).

Intercollegiate athletics: Operates under specific guidance from state and local health authorities.

Healthy Washington Phase 3

On-site work and related activities:

  • Telework flexibility is supported through Sept. 10, 2021, which will also apply in Phase 4. If an employee can telework and it does not impede operations, they should be allowed to do so.
  • Employees who can telework but would prefer to come to campus may work on site if authorized by their unit as long as COVID-19 safety measures are in place and it is operationally feasible. All on-site work must adhere to all appropriate safety measures and the unit’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan. Follow the Return to On-site Work Decision Tree to determine what work activities are permitted to occur on-site.

High-risk populations: Accommodations are required for employees at high-risk for serious illness who request them.

In-person, non-instructional university-sponsored events: Must follow COVID-19 prevention guidelines, including submitting a prevention plan. In general, events must follow specific capacity restrictions below.

  • Indoor: Maximum 50% capacity or 400 people, whichever is less. Events over 100 people require University approval via Environmental Health & Safety. Face masks and at least a six-foot distance between people are required. Hold events remotely when possible. No non-UW events on UW campuses.
  • Outdoor: Not to exceed 400 people. Events over 100 people require University approval via Environmental Health & Safety. Face masks and at least a six-foot distance between people are required. Hold events remotely when possible. No non-UW events on UW campuses.

Travel: Official international travel and non-essential domestic travel are restricted under University guidelines. Non-essential personal travel is strongly discouraged. Check with your unit’s leadership regarding unit-specific restrictions.

Instruction:

Student life:

  • Combination of remote and in-person services with appropriate physical distancing and public health procedures.
  • Student residents allowed with appropriate physical distancing and public health procedures (roommates are considered household members).

Intercollegiate athletics: Operates under specific guidance from state and local health authorities, including guidelines for spectator events.


State and county dashboards

The state of Washington is monitoring the outbreak and reporting information through its COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard. Similarly, King County lists key indicators of COVID-19 activity for the county, which is relevant to the Seattle campus and UW Bothell. And Pierce County maintains a dashboard that is relevant to UW Tacoma.