The following reflects university safety protocols announced July 26, 2021.

The university is reinstating its indoor mask requirement, effective immediately, in accordance with the city and county mandates that went into effect July 26, 2021. University rules may change in response to noncompliance, disease activity, evolving CDC guidance or scientific advances.

Required for entry to WashU Medical Campus

For all faculty, staff, trainees, vendors and contractors

Do not enter the campus if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Stay home if you’re sick.

  1. Complete your daily screening.
  2. Wear your badge.

Posted instructions

Signs throughout the Medical Campus indicate procedures for use of common areas such as equipment rooms, restrooms, elevators and break rooms, among other topics. Please follow these instructions carefully to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Download campus safety signage (login required) »

Physical distancing

  • If you are vaccinated, remain 6 feet from others whenever you are unmasked.
  • If you are unvaccinated, remain at least 6 feet from others at all times, especially when indoors.
  • Stagger breaks and meal times to avoid crowding when eating or unmasked.
  • Don’t congregate in break rooms, work rooms or other common areas.

Our guidance is in line with safety procedures of our partners at BJC.


Where to wear a mask


You must wear a mask in all indoor spaces, including cubicles, regardless of vaccination status. You may remove your mask while you are alone in non-clinical private environments with the door shut (offices, private meeting spaces, break rooms, labs, classrooms, meeting rooms). You may also remove your mask while you are eating or drinking with appropriate six-foot physical distance from others.


Masks are encouraged but not required outdoors. 

Clinical care

Clinical staff should follow current PPE guidelines, posted on the Faculty Practice Plan website.

Events & meetings

See below for masking requirements at events and meetings.

Campus shuttles

Masks are required on campus shuttles.

Metro transit

Face coverings are mandatory for all Metro Transit customers and employees when riding MetroBus, MetroLink or Metro Call-A-Ride services.

Learn more about the policy»

Masking alternatives for instruction — non-clinical spaces

To address concerns about effective communication during teaching in certain non-clinical situations, Washington University has developed guidelines for and evaluations of mask alternatives.

Events & meetings

Events are allowed, with the following restrictions.

  • Meet outside when possible.
  • For outdoor events, masking is encouraged, particularly at large events or in crowded settings.
  • Indoor events should be planned to allow sufficient space to avoid crowding and to provide for 6-foot distancing if food and beverage are being served. Masking is required regardless of vaccination status.
  • Off-campus events: When planning or attending WashU-sponsored events that take place away from campus, please remember that the university’s COVID-19 safety policies apply. University policies supersede venue rules and local city or county ordinances that may in some cases be less restrictive.
  • Events with only WashU attendees: These events are allowed, with no maximum number of people, as long as masking guidelines are followed.
  • Events with non-WashU attendees: Planners should refer to the university’s Events with Visitors Checklist to ensure their event and its attendees adhere to university safety procedures.
  • For all events
    • All participants should screen for COVID-19 symptoms no more than two hours prior to the event. WashU Med personnel should use the daily symptom screening that is required for entering campus. Visitors should use the visitor screening tool. Evidence of a successfully passed screening should be given to the activity organizer on site. Active temperature monitoring is not necessary.
    • Mild symptoms not included on the symptom screening tool, such as runny nose and headache, may be associated with mild COVID-19 infections. People having either of these symptoms should not attend events and meetings while symptomatic. 
    • Approval for events and meetings is not required as long as requests fall within these guidelines.

Food & drink

Food and drink may be consumed in the following locations: 

  • At outdoor events 
  • In campus restaurants/cafes where seats are pre-positioned for appropriate physical distancing 
  • In any non-private indoor space in which you are allowed to remove your mask (see Masks, above)
  • In conference rooms, classrooms and auditoriums if six-foot distancing can be maintained
  • In any private indoor space when alone

General hygiene

  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Do not share headsets or other objects that are near your mouth or nose.

Read office workspace cleaning guidelines »


These public health policies will be strictly enforced. Violations may result in corrective and/or disciplinary action, including suspension or dismissal.

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