4/30/21: UB updates outdoor masking guidelines

The CDC recently released a set of new interim public health recommendations, and the university is updating its Health and Safety Guidelines accordingly.

Masking, distancing guidelines

In accordance with updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Erie County Department of Health, UB  requires all students, employees and visitors — regardless of their vaccination status — to wear face coverings while inside campus buildings.

Face Coverings

Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings are required in classrooms, hallways, libraries, research and teaching laboratories and other common spaces, as well as UB buses and shuttles.

For fully vaccinated individuals, face coverings are not required inside personal rooms at residence halls, while eating in on-campus dining areas and spaces, and when alone in personal offices or workstations that are not accessible to the general public. Vaccinated individuals must wear masks when moving around the office and interacting with other employees. Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals must wear a face covering at all times, including personal offices and workstations.

UB defines a personal workstation as workspace assigned to one individual, such as a cubicle, that allows for a comfortable amount of physical distance to be maintained between colleagues.


  • Vaccinated UB students and employees will not be required to wear face coverings outdoors on UB campuses.
  • Unvaccinated individuals will be required to wear face coverings in all outdoor settings. 
  • Face coverings will be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals at outdoor events or settings with more than 100 people in attendance. Individuals can remove their face coverings to eat or drink but must replace the face covering when finished.


  • 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.

Published April 30, 2021