I received a COVID-19 vaccine. Do I still have to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing at UMB?

January 23, 2021 (updated May 13, 2021)

Yes, except under certain circumstances. Until there are enough people who received the vaccine in the community and direction is given to return to normal, those who received a COVID-19 vaccine must continue to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing, frequently wash their hands, and continue other safety measures to protect themselves and others from the novel coronavirus.

Wearing a face covering is not required when a person is inside an office, laboratory, or study area, as long as they are by themselves. Six feet of physical distancing must be maintained between people who are eating or drinking because it requires removing the face covering.

Faculty or staff delivering in-person lectures or presentations may wear a face shield instead of a face covering, provided that at least 10 feet of physical distance can be maintained between the faculty member or presenter and the students or other audience.

Consistent with state of Maryland and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  guidance, UMB no longer requires masks and face coverings be worn outdoors with the following exception. Masks are still required for outdoor gatherings where attendees will be in fixed seating for more the 15 minutes and for which 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be sustained.