Face Covering Policy

Updated July 9, 2024

The University maintains a Face Covering Policy to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and respiratory viruses. 

As part of the University’s multi-layered strategy to limit the transmission of COVID-19, face coverings, particularly well-fitting, high-quality masks (e.g., N95, KN95, surgical mask) remain a useful tool in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19. High-quality masks are available at no cost in several locations on each campus.


Healthcare workers are still required to wear a mask in higher risk spaces and according to site specific requirements. Additional site-specific infection prevention precautions may also be required.  UW Medicine medical facility personnel continue to follow the updated UW Medicine mask policy for health care workers. The facemask requirements in UW healthcare facilities are based on respiratory virus transmission (COVID-19, flu, and RSV) metrics. All patients, visitors, and families are strongly encouraged to wear a mask while in clinical spaces. Follow the mask signs posted upon entry to clinics.

UW Medicine medical facility personnel follow the UW Medicine mask and personal protective equipment policies.


In alignment with CDC and local public health guidance:

  • Masks are strongly recommended when resuming normal activities after having COVID-19 or another respiratory illnessindoors when around others, for the next five days.
  • Masks are strongly recommended after COVID-19 exposure, indoors when around others, until five days have passed from when you were exposed. In addition, follow the Public Health Flowchart for COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Symptoms.
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended in healthcare settings where they are not required.
  • Immunocompromised individuals or those at high risk for severe illness in crowded settings may want to consider wearing a face mask.

Additional information

Face covering requirements will be reassessed as public health indicators change. Staying up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations  is the most important layer of safety for preventing severe illness. In addition, follow the Public Health Flowchart for COVID-19 and Respiratory Virus Symptoms.


Frequently asked questions

FAQs for University settings where face coverings are required


COVID-19 Campus Support Contact

(206) 543-7262
Reference Files 
UW Face Covering Policy
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