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.
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 is requiring all students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear mask or face coverings in indoor public spaces on the University of Florida properties.
University of Florida buildings include, but are not limited to residence halls, student unions, performance spaces, retail spaces located on campus, museums, libraries, dining facilities, classrooms, academic buildings, research facilities, and administrative buildings.
Face coverings are to be worn when moving through shared spaces (lobbies, elevators, stairwells, lounges, etc.) and may be removed when settled into a private building space (single use office, distanced cubicles, residence hall room, etc.). Face coverings are also required in campus public transportation and university vehicles when used by more than one person at a time.
- Face coverings should be worn while in shared workspaces when 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- People with medically documented breathing difficulties should contact the University’s ADA Office to discuss options.
- Children under 2 are exempt.
- Both washable cloth and disposable face coverings are acceptable, as long as the employee is not in an area in which a higher level of Personal Protection Equipment is required.
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, use of hand sanitizer when entering and exiting buildings and shared spaces, avoid 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.
Students, faculty, staff, and visitors must maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from others while on the University of Florida properties and in common spaces until further notice. 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
Continue to wash hands frequently, cover coughs, use hand sanitizer and wear a mask.
Routine surface and object cleaning in all campus buildings.
People older than 60 or with underlying health conditions should continue to engage in physical distancing as much as possible.
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.