We all have a responsibility to follow safety measures to help keep ourselves and members of the entire UMD community safe and healthy.
Check your status for coming to campus anytime at return.umd.edu. You will see if there are any steps you need to complete.
If you are fully vaccinated, you:
If you are vaccinated but have not yet confirmed your status with the University, please visit return.umd.edu.
If you are unvaccinated, regardless of exemption status, you:
Please review these guidelines before coming to campus. All visitors on campus are expected to abide by the UMD campus health and safety guidelines, including wearing a mask or face covering in all indoor spaces.
Individuals with a weakened or compromised immune system are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19, including an increased risk of hospitalization and death. Many conditions and treatments can cause a person to be “immunocompromised” or have a weakened immune system.
Even when you have been fully vaccinated, if you have a weakened immune system, you may need to continue to take precautions to maximally protect yourself. You are strongly encouraged to:
If you are unvaccinated and have a weakened or compromised immune system, you are at the highest risk for contracting and becoming severely ill from the virus. In addition to the above precautions, you are strongly advised against returning to campus until you have been fully vaccinated and/or have a statement from your physician listing the accommodations and adjustments required in your situation.
Masks must be worn indoors by all, regardless of vaccination status.
Masks are also required in the following situations even if you are fully vaccinated:
If you are NOT fully vaccinated you must also wear a mask in all crowded outdoor spaces. You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask at all times for your own protection and are expected to wear a KN95 mask.
We encourage everyone to wear masks at all crowded outdoor events, regardless of vaccination status. At outdoor athletic events, all fans will be required to wear masks in all indoor spaces, including suites and restrooms. Complete information about COVID protocols at athletic events can be found here.
Masks may be removed indoors under the following circumstances:
Type of Mask: A KN95 mask provides better protection for you and reduces the spread of the virus from someone wearing one. You are also less likely to develop COVID-19 after close contact with someone who tested positive when wearing a KN95 mask. These masks are extremely effective as they can filter 95% of the virus particles in the air.
This is based on updated recommendations from the CDC on mask usage by the general public.
The following is guidance on using and caring for KN95 masks from UMD’s Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability and Risk:
Please DO NOT attempt to wash your KN95. With proper care, your KN95 should be reusable for an extended period of time.
To keep your KN95 clean between uses, store your mask in a safe location that other people cannot access and where it will not get wet or be subject to direct sunlight or excessive heat. A dry paper bag works well for storing your KN95.
You should replace your KN95 when it:
A KN95 may be disposed of in the normal trash.
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