Face Covering Requirements

Updated October 21, 2021 at 2:27 p.m.

Read the University's COVID-19 Face Covering Policy and the frequently asked questions below for more information.

In order to ensure the health and safety of the University campus community and the public, face coverings are required to be worn at the University of Washington, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Indoors when other people are present, and in all public and common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, stairways, restrooms, elevators, and in shared vehicles;
  • At any outdoor in-person event hosted or sponsored by the University or conducted on University of Washington premises with 500 or more people in attendance.

For other outdoor settings, face coverings are strongly recommended to be worn outdoors by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, when in crowded settings and in settings where there is a decreased ability to consistently maintain a physical distance between others.

UW Medicine medical center employees should follow the UW Medicine face covering policy. 

Frequently asked questions

Tips for safely wearing face coverings

tips for wearing face covering
Image source: Public Health - Seattle & King County


tips for wearing facemasks
Image source: UW Medicine, adapted from UCSF