Prevention Measures

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;
  • wear a mask when indoors unless you are alone in an enclosed space, and outdoors if you cannot maintain 6 feet of physical distance;
  • 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.

Visit the CDC website for other resources and suggestions.


As of Aug. 4, all individuals must wear masks indoors except when alone in a campus workspace—or, for students living on campus, in their residence hall room (alone or with roommates). Masks may be removed indoors when dining, but we strongly encourage you to (a) put the mask back on whenever not actively eating or drinking; (b) maintain social distance from others during the meal; and (c) eat outdoors whenever possible. Masks are not required outdoors except when individuals are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from one another.

The CDC recommends that people in areas with substantial or high transmission levels wear masks in public indoor settings (i.e., those not within your own residence). The CDC previously advised that masks should be worn outdoors if 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained. As with our previous mask requirement, those who are alone in enclosed indoor spaces may remove their masks.

Read the university's full Aug. 3 announcement.

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; to arrange to pick up a disposable one before reporting to your workplace.

Physical Distancing

Individuals should wear masks outdoors if 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.

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.

Hand Hygiene

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.