The following reflects university safety protocols effective Sept. 1, 2022.

WashU Med continues to closely monitor COVID-19 transmission in the community and on the Medical Campus. These rules may change as disease activity changes and CDC guidelines and science advance, including potential return to more restricted guidance based on local conditions.

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Use of the daily screening tool is recommended but no longer required.

  • Continue to stay home when sick and call the COVID-19 Exposure/Illness Hotline at 314-362-5056 for guidance. 
  • Individual units can continue to use the symptoms screener as desired for activities.


When making decisions about masking requirements, WashU Med considers guidance from public health authorities and our own data.  

Where to wear a mask


Masking is strongly recommended in non-clinical areas. Masks continue to be required in all clinical spaces and in places where patients or patient visitors may be present including public spaces within clinical facilities, links between hospitals, and lobbies, elevators and waiting rooms in hospitals and clinics.


Masks are encouraged outdoors in crowded spaces. 

Clinical care

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

Campus shuttles

Masks are required on campus shuttles.

Metro Transit

While Metro Transit encourages masking, masks are now optional and are no longer required when riding on Metro Transit or at MetroLink stations and Metro Transit Centers. Passengers and team members continue to have the option to wear masks and face coverings while on the transit system.

Events & meetings

Use the largest available space for large gatherings and avoid crowding especially for any activities that are required by work. There are no limits on gathering sizes or provision of food.

  • Social events: In-person social events or parties on the Medical Campus and university-sponsored social events off campus are allowed.
  • Business meetings: In-person business meetings may continue.

General hygiene

  • Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.


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