Face Covering Requirements

Updated July 19, 2021 at 9:14 a.m.

As of July 7, 2021, face coverings are optional for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at UW campuses and facilities, with exceptions.  

Read the University's COVID-19 Face Covering Policy (updated 7/19/21) and the frequently asked questions below for more information. Changes to the policy include: 

  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to wear a face covering indoors when on site at a University of Washington location.  

  • A face covering is required, regardless of vaccination status, in health care settings, University shuttles, K-12 schools, childcare facilities, and day camps in locations where children are present or expected to be present. 

  • Non-fully vaccinated individuals, and all individuals in the above settings where a face covering is required regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering: Indoors when other people are present and in all public and common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, stairways, restrooms, elevators, and in shared vehicles.  

  • Wearing a face covering is optional for fully vaccinated individuals on site at a University of Washington location except for locations where a face covering is required regardless of vaccination status (e.g., health care, child care, UW shuttles).  

  • Supervisors must verify an individual they supervise has submitted a COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation Form indicating they are fully vaccinated before allowing the individual to go without a mask in the workplace, in accordance with Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) requirements and the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

  • A face covering is not required outdoors regardless of vaccination status. However, a face covering is encouraged for non-vaccinated individuals when in outdoor crowded settings and settings where there is a decreased ability to consistently maintain a physical distance between others.  

A person is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose in a 2-dose series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or 2 weeks after a single-dose (e.g., Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization. 

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