To prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), please follow these steps—as well as the information outlined on this page:
- wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
- get a COVID-19 vaccine;
- if unvaccinated, wear a mask: Those who are vaccinated do not have to wear a mask on campus, whereas those who are unvaccinated must mask indoors unless they are alone in an enclosed space. Unvaccinated individuals must also mask outdoors if unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from others;
- avoid close contact with other people who are ill;
- cough into your elbow;
- regularly clean door handles and other surfaces with disinfectant spray or wipes; and
- stay home if sick.
As of July 21, individuals who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear a mask on campus, whereas those who are unvaccinated must mask indoors unless they are alone in an enclosed space. Unvaccinated individuals must also mask outdoors if unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
Exceptions exist for individuals (vaccinated or not) who are:
- in a patient-care setting;
- engaging in physical activity within a university athletic or recreational facility; and
- taking university transportation (e.g., Safe Ride vehicles or university shuttles).
In these three circumstances, masks must be worn at all times.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final doses of the respective vaccine (for Moderna and Pfizer, two doses; for Johnson & Johnson, one dose).
Those who are not fully vaccinated—or not vaccinated at all—may remove masks outdoors so long as they maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others. Please note: This protocol should be self-enforced—that is, no university employee should approach people gathered in close proximity outside to ask about their vaccination status.
Masks must be three-ply procedure paper masks or cloth masks that cover the nose and chin, no valves.
A face shield can be used as additional protection with a mask. A face shield provides additional protection; it cannot be used in place of a mask.
If you forget your mask, contact Public Safety (216.368.3300; email@example.com) to arrange to pick up a disposable one before reporting to your workplace.
With the exception cited above regarding masking, physical distancing is not required indoors or out.
Faculty and staff who believe they need an accommodation because of vaccination status or other factors should contact the university’s Office of Equity regarding their concerns. Students with similar concerns should contact the university’s Office of Disability Resources.
Studies show that effective handwashing can reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses by as much as 20%. Below is specific guidance from health officials.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides extensive guidance on handwashing; among its key recommendations are to wash hands for no fewer than 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice), and if using hand sanitizer, make sure it has at least 60% alcohol.
The World Health Organization has even more detailed hand hygiene guidance. Please pay particular attention to pages 3 and 4 of this document.