Screen, Test & Protect


Currently, there is no specific antiviral medication that is FDA-approved to treat COVID-19, and there is no vaccine yet available. 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.

Face Coverings

As part of an ongoing effort to keep a safer campus and in parallel with Alachua County’s Emergency Order 2020-21 and UF Health, the university requires all students, faculty, staff and visitors to follow the University of Florida’s policy on masking and physical distancing.

The University of Florida will provide face coverings at the UF Health COVID-19 Testing site located at the UF Cultural Center Parking Lot (Garage 11). Employees located at other locations will also be provided face coverings.  Please continue good hygiene practices, including washing of 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.  

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

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 and 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).

Additional Best Practices

Maintain Personal Hygiene Precautions

Continue to wash hands frequently, cover coughs, use hand sanitizer and wear a mask.

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.


Behavioral Expectations

The UF Student Behavioral Expectations Policy provides a framework for how we will care for one another, practice healthy and protective behaviors and commit to learning and discovery. Students and student organizations are expected to follow this policy both on or off the university campus. View the Policy

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