COVID-19 Prevention: Campus Facilities

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UB has put the following protocols in place to protect your safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For specific concerns please call (24 hours a day):
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Face Masks

Updated 3/30/22

The use of face coverings is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Starting Saturday, March 5, the University at Buffalo will make masks optional on its campuses in most settings:

  • Students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, will no longer be required to wear masks in most settings, indoors or outdoors. 
  • Anyone who wishes to continue wearing a mask in a classroom, office or any other campus space is encouraged to do so. 
  • In keeping with state and federal regulations, masks will continue to be mandatory for everyone aboard UB buses and shuttles and in clinical health care settings (e.g. UB Health Services, Dental School facilities, on-campus testing sites) on campus.
  • UB faculty, staff and students who work or learn at hospitals, nursing homes, clinics or diagnostic and treatment centers off campus must continue to comply with any site-specific regulations in place.
  • All campus community members who have regular on-campus contact and are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations must continue to participate in weekly surveillance testing, including those with an approved medical or religious exemption.

Remember: There are many reasons that individuals may continue to wear a mask, including those who are:

  • Unvaccinated 
  • Immunocompromised
  • Living with someone at higher risk

Please be kind and respectful toward others in our UB community.

Faculty and academic support staff, see Guidance for faculty and academic support staff.

Physical Distancing

In addition to wearing a mask, physical distancing (also known as social distancing) is highly recommended by the CDC. To promote physical distancing, when necessary the university will modify or restrict use of spaces (including classrooms) where people tend to congregate, so people can stay at least 6 feet apart in all directions.

  • Physical distancing is not required for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals indoors or outdoors on UB campuses.
  • Unvaccinated persons are encouraged to observe physical distancing wherever practical.
Allow Extra Time

Enabling safe physical distancing in high-traffic service areas will necessitate some longer wait times. Please allow extra time to travel around campus.