Screen, Test & Protect


The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus, which is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. As we reopen our campuses, we are enforcing/supporting ongoing public health measures.

We thank all students, faculty, staff and visitors in advance for their compliance as we strive to balance a safer campus with university functions. 


UF will continue to offer many opportunities for people to get vaccinated. Visit our availability page for information on where and how to receive a vaccine

Face Coverings

Given national guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in concert with the State University System, the University of Florida will make face coverings optional rather than required for our students, faculty, staff and other members of the campus community on UF property and facilities effective immediately. Those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue to wear masks.

As previously announced, classrooms will transition to pre-COVID capacities starting June 28, which marks the beginning of Summer B. University policies, event guidance, communications and signage as well as adjustments to physical space will be transitioned over the next few weeks to reflect the return to pre-pandemic ​activity.​

Within our UF Health hospitals or other patient-facing clinical facilities, including our dentistry practices and our veterinary hospitals, face coverings and physical distancing will continue to be required.

Physical Distancing

All patients, visitors, faculty, staff, students, volunteers and vendors are required to physically distance 6 feet or more, when feasible, inside UF and UF Health facilities, and when outside without a face covering on UF Health property. Per the CDC, limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


Please continue good hygiene practices, including washing hands as often as possible, using hand sanitizer when entering and exiting buildings and shared spaces, avoiding close contact with others, covering coughs and sneezes, physical distancing and staying home when feeling sick. 

Additional Best Practices

Maintain Personal Hygiene Precautions

Continue to wash hands frequently, cover coughs and use hand sanitizer. Wearing a mask is strongly recommended.

Washing Hands

Vulnerable Populations

People older than 60 or with underlying health conditions should continue to engage in physical distancing as much as possible.

Protecting Hands


Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, or those who have symptoms or are suspected of having been exposed, will be asked to self-isolate.


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