Physical Distancing & Capacity Guidelines

June 26, 2020 (updated July 19, 2021)

Changes to Physical Distancing & Face Coverings on July 1

Effective Thursday, July 1, UMB’s Policy Requiring Use of Face Coverings will no longer require fully vaccinated people to practice physical distancing while on UMB’s campus. UMB’s campus is defined as all property owned, leased, or operated by UMB.

Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff must practice physical distancing whenever they remove their face covering such as to eat and drink.

In accordance with the CDC’s Requirement for Face Masks on Public Transportation Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs, students, faculty, and staff must wear a face covering when on buses or shuttles operated by UMB whether fully vaccinated or not.

Summer Events

Indoor events up to 50 people and outdoor events up to 100 people in size are permitted during summer 2021 as long as all UMB COVID-19 health and safety practices are followed.

Any event with more than 10 people requires that the event holder keep a list of attendees for contact tracing. Events larger than the size limits noted above must be approved by a dean or vice president.

An email to COVID-Recovery is required when 25 visitors (or more) will attend an event at any one time.

Please see the COVID-19 Visitors Guidance if your event will include people from outside of the UMB community.

Effective July 19, there are no COVID-specific restrictions on how food is served at events.

Fall Events

No event size limits will be in place for the fall semester for events that are predominantly composed of University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)/University System of Maryland (USM) faculty, staff, and students (we understand you may have a guest speaker, caterer, etc.).

No event size limits will be in place for the fall semester for outdoor events.

For indoor events that have a significant number of non-UMB/USM participants, further guidance will be provided. If you need more immediate guidance, please ask your dean or vice president to contact Jon Kucskar.

Building Entries and Exits

Building entry requires the display of a UMB-issued identification badge (e.g., One Card). Upon entry to any UMB building, all One Card badge holders must swipe their badges with the black Lenel security device, which will allow for building capacity to be monitored and support contact tracing efforts on campus.

Hand sanitizer stations will be provided at the entries/exits of each high-traffic building as determined by Facilities and Operations.

Employees should avoid congregating in close proximity during entry into buildings and should maintain physical distancing in line with current recommendations.

Visitors without a One Card are permitted as required for educational, research, and business operations, and must comply with the UMB Visitors Guidance.

This summer, an electronic visitor management system will be piloted before being installed campuswide. Visitors entering campus buildings will check in using a LobbyGuard system at the main entrances near the security guard desks. The kiosk is a small tablet computer with a scanner and printer that will allow a visitor to scan a driver’s license, get their picture taken, and generate a temporary badge via the printer.

Conference Rooms

Conference rooms can be used in accordance with the guidance listed in the Events section of this document above. If conference rooms must be used, the blue Point-of-Use cart cleaning and disinfecting supplies should be provided.

Schools and departments operating in leased and/or multi-tenant facilities will need to work with building management to ensure implementation of the above protocols.

Lunch Rooms and Break Rooms

Lunch rooms and break rooms will have signage to indicate maximum capacity, whether for eating or utility usage.

When break room capacity has been met, employees will be encouraged to use available indoor common spaces (conference rooms, etc.) as long as physical distancing requirements can be met and space is available. To assist with keeping lunch rooms and break rooms clean, the use of blue Point of Use carts is encouraged.

In areas where break rooms are not available, employees will be encouraged to eat at their assigned desk or cubicle. It also is encouraged that lunch and break times be staggered to avoid the overcrowding of common lunch rooms or break rooms.


There will be no capacity limits for bathrooms, but UMB advises that all students, faculty, and staff practice patience and civility and follow current physical distancing guidelines when using UMB bathrooms, in addition to using recommended hygiene practices such as thorough handwashing.


All elevators on campus, including those within the UMB-managed garages, will be outfitted with signs that indicate the maximum capacity. Patience and civility are requested from those who must wait for an open elevator. It is encouraged that individuals use the stairs when possible. Hand sanitizer stations will be provided at the exits of each high-traffic elevator as determined by Facilities and Operations.

Configuring Spaces for Learning and Work

Space requirements for learning and workplaces — including classrooms, offices, conference rooms, lounges, information study spaces, and libraries — will vary depending on the primary activity taking place in the space. Regardless of the activity, these spaces must be configured in accordance with current physical distancing requirements.

For the fall semester, UMB does not have a physical distancing requirement or COVID-related room capacity limit for didactic classes. Schools can plan around that expectation. Fire marshal room capacity still applies.