NOTE: As with all the guidance and protocols related to COVID-19, the University will adjust its guidance as necessary to reflect new information and findings.
Until further notice, the University of Houston requires face coverings for all students and employees while on-campus, in the following areas:
- Indoor public areas on campus, except where marked, even if you are alone. This includes all non-private office or residential spaces, such as lobbies, restrooms, classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, common spaces in residence halls, conference rooms, and break rooms; and
- Outdoor spaces where six feet or more of physical distancing is difficult to reliably maintain.
Face coverings are not required in the following limited circumstances:
- When working alone in a single office
- When in your own residential space
- When engaging in physical activity outside
- When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk
- While operating outdoor equipment if not appropriate from a safety standpoint
- When consuming food or drink
- When engaging in personal hygiene activities
Exceptions will also be made for those individuals who, due to a specific medical condition, cannot wear a face covering and have received an accommodation. Requests for an exception due a medical condition for students will be handled by the Center for Students with DisABILITIES and requests for employees will be handled by Equal Opportunity Services.
This guidance is directed to all who are visiting campus, including contractors and visitors (10 years of age or older).
For more information and answers to questions about the use of face coverings, please see Face Covering FAQs.