The following reflects new university safety protocols announced on 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.
  • 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

Indoor spaces

You must wear a mask in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. 


  • 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 remove your mask.
  • In cubicles: If seats are at least six feet apart and individuals are not facing each other, you may remove your mask while in your cubicle. You must don your mask when you leave your cubicle.
  • While you are eating or drinking with appropriate (six-foot) physical distance from others.


  • Masks are encouraged but not required outdoors. 

Where to get masks

  • You may bring your own mask from home. Remember to double mask unless wearing a medical-grade, N95 mask.
  • The School of Medicine will provide masks if needed for those who work outside of clinical areas. Limited masks may be available at campus-access screening stations.

Read about mask fitting and handling »

Masks required on 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»

Events & meetings

Meet outside when possible.

  • For outdoor events, you must wear a mask in crowded situations when six-foot distancing cannot reliably be maintained.
  • For indoor events masking is required regardless of vaccination status.
  • All participants should screen for COVID-19 symptoms 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 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.

More on working safely

Minimize food-sharing risks

Although COVID-19 is not a food-borne illness, sharing food still poses other risks. Find out how to mitigate them.

Commuting safely on Metro

Understand the requirements for traveling safely and find out how to report issues you may have.