As of June 2, campus policies for events, face covers, and outdoor physical distance are updated.
Fully vaccinated people will no longer be required to wear face masks in most indoor spaces on the UW – Madison campus. Unvaccinated people should continue to wear face masks indoors. The chancellor’s masking order has been rescinded. Clinical and healthcare settings may continue to demand masks regardless of immunization status. Others may choose to wear masks in certain settings and individual masking choices should not be interpreted as an indicator of vaccinated / unvaccinated status.
Masks are not necessary in outdoor environments; however, those who are not vaccinated are encouraged to wear them when physical distancing is not possible.
Anyone who is not vaccinated should wear a face shield when driving or riding with other people. It is recommended that the occupancy of the vehicle while traveling with an unvaccinated person does not exceed 50 percent of its capacity. The campus travel policy has been updated to reflect this change.
- Outdoor Events: There will be no limit to the size of university affiliated outdoor events on or off campus. People who are not vaccinated should maintain a physical distance of six feet and if the physical distance is not possible, wear a face mask.
- Indoor Events: Event size will be limited to the maximum allowed to ensure that at least 6 feet of physical distance can be maintained by all participants (vaccinated and unvaccinated) who are not members of the same household / unit. home. In addition, people who are not vaccinated should wear a face mask.
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- Outside: Physical distance is no longer required outside for vaccinated people. People who are not vaccinated should maintain a physical distance of 6 feet and if the physical distance is not possible, wear a face mask.
- Indoors: Indoor physical distance requirements remain at least 6 feet, regardless of immunization status. (See event policy for event tips)
These decisions were made on the basis of the evidence that vaccination offers strong protection against COVID-19. Since people who are not fully vaccinated do not benefit from this protection, to protect themselves and others, they should continue to wear masks indoors (unless working alone in a closed office) and outdoors where physical distance cannot be maintained.
This policy is in accordance with the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Public Health Madison & Dane County. The high vaccination rates on campus and in the community at large also make this new policy possible. According to the CDC, Dane County currently has the highest vaccination rate among the major counties in the country.
If you have been vaccinated by UW Health or another off-campus provider and have not yet uploaded your record, please upload your vaccination documentation to UHS. The more we understand our community’s involvement in immunization, the better decisions we can make regarding campus operations and health policies.
Free vaccination will continue to be available on campus for students, employees and the general public aged 12 and over. Starting today, the campus vaccination clinic will be located at University Health Services on 6e floor of 333 E. Campus Mall.
COVID-19 vaccines are very safe and very efficient. UW – Madison strongly encourages the choice of vaccination to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community.
Q – Can I be informed of the vaccination status of colleagues with whom I work closely?
No. Employees cannot ask coworkers if they have been vaccinated. However, employees can share voluntarily if they have been vaccinated.
Q – How do I know if someone should wear a mask?
It’s understandable to wonder about someone else’s vaccination status, but remember that the most important thing you can do to protect yourself against COVID-19 is to get yourself vaccinated. If an unvaccinated person does not wear a mask, they, and not you, are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. We strongly encourage all students and employees to choose vaccination, which is available on campus free of charge.
It is not appropriate to ask if a person is vaccinated or why they are / are not wearing a mask.
Recognizing that we may not know the immunization status or health issues of others, we ask all members of our university community to continue to be respectful of others and the protective practices they choose to use.
Q – Can I continue to wear a mask if I am fully vaccinated?
Q – How is the expectation of unvaccinated people to wear masks enforced?
We continue to educate our community on how wearing a mask helps unvaccinated people protect themselves against serious illness.
Q – Can my unit / lab / classroom / event this summer require all participants to have a green badger badge?
Yes. Personnel monitoring access must first undergo training and Registration Form.
Q – Can my research unit / laboratory / event require everyone to wear a mask regardless of immunization status?
No, unless it is a clinical or health care facility. However, wearing a mask in these contexts can be encouraged. In addition, anyone, regardless of their immunization status, can continue to wear a mask indoors or outdoors.
Q – I am an instructor – can I encourage or require masks in my class?
Instructors can encourage, but not require all students to wear masks in their classroom.
Q – A student revealed that he was not vaccinated and that he refused to wear a mask. What action should be taken?
Remind the student of the mask expectation for unvaccinated people, encourage immunization to protect themselves, and if the student continues not to comply, contact the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.
Q – An employee I supervise revealed that he was not vaccinated and that he refused to wear a mask. What action should I take?
Remind the employee to wait for the mask for unvaccinated people, encourage vaccination to protect themselves and contact your unit’s human resources representative
if the employee continues to fail to comply.
Q – Is there still a requirement to maintain physical distance?
Indoor physical distance requirements remain at least 6 feet, regardless of vaccination status. Outdoors, unvaccinated people should maintain a physical distance of 6 feet and if physical distance is not possible, wear a face mask.
Q – Although I am fully immunized, I have a health condition (or a member of my household has a health condition) that puts me (them) at an increased risk of serious illness if I (they) contract COVID. I am not comfortable with unmasked people unless I know they are fully immunized. What can I do?
Please note that a majority of employees and students have already received at least one vaccine and many are fully immunized. You can continue to wear a mask if you wish. If you have specific concerns related to a health problem you have, please speak to your Divisional disability representative.
Q – What is Dane County’s current policy on face coverings?
As of June 2, Madison & Dane County Public Health will no longer have public health orders requiring face covers. The PHMDC continues to recommend that unvaccinated people wear masks indoors.
Q – What is Dane County’s current policy on rallies?
As of June 2, Madison & Dane County Public Health will no longer have public health orders in place regarding gatherings.