Do individuals need to wear masks and stay physically distanced while on UB’s campuses?

Effective Aug. 3, the University at Buffalo will require all students, employees and visitors – regardless of their vaccination status – to wear face coverings while inside campus buildings. This includes classrooms, hallways, libraries, research and teaching laboratories and other common spaces, as well as UB buses and shuttles. 

The new policy is in accordance with updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Erie County Department of Health.

Vaccinated UB students, employees and visitors will not be required to wear face coverings outdoors on UB campuses, but unvaccinated individuals will be required to wear face coverings in all indoor and outdoor settings.  

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.

OUTDOOR SETTINGS

  • 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

  • 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.

HEALTH CARE AND HEALTH SCIENCE SETTINGS

Masks are required within health care settings (e.g. Student Health Services, the Dental Clinic) and campus health science and clinical teaching laboratories. Campus health science and clinical teaching laboratories may continue to operate without the 6-foot distancing normally required in a classroom.  New York State had adopted the CDC's "Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People" for most business and public settings. Consistent with the CDC guidance, healthcare settings (e.g. Student Health Services, the Dental Clinic) will continue to follow New York State's existing COVID-19 health guidelines including mandated mask usage regardless of vaccination status.

Requirements for certain sports, cultural events

Restrictions for large indoor events

  • All spectators attending men's and women's basketball games in Alumni Arena must provide proof they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. A vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, an Excelsior Pass or a digital vaccine card are all acceptable. Attendees should be prepared to show photo ID as well.
  • The vacination policy also applies to public cultural events in Slee Hall and the Center for the Arts. 
  • Individuals will not be able to attend events at Alumni Arena, the Center for the Arts and Slee Hall without proof of full vaccination as defined by the CDC, even if they have a medical or religious exemption.
  • Masks will be required within indoor locations (concourse, club-level suites) in UB Stadium. Masks also will be required at all times while attending events inside Alumni Arena, the Center for the Arts and Slee Hall. Masks will also be required on the concourse and within club-level suites in UB Stadium.       
  • Children under 12 who are not vaccinated will still be admitted to the game but must wear a mask at all times.
  • In accordance with updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Erie County Department of Health, the University at Buffalo will require all students, employees and visitors – regardless of their vaccination status – to wear face coverings while inside campus buildings.
  • Additional COVID-19 restrictions remain in effect for large indoor events with more than 5,000 people in attendance.

Restrictions for large outdoor events

  • All spectators attending football games at UB Stadium must provide proof they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. 
    • A vaccination card, a photo of a vaccination card, an Excelsior Pass or a digital vaccine card are all acceptable. Attendees should be prepared to show photo ID as well. 
    • Masks will no longer be required when spectators are outdoors at UB Stadium, but will be required within indoor locations in UB Stadium, such as the concourse and club-level suites.
    • Individuals will not be able to attend events at UB Stadium without proof of at least one dose of the vaccine, even if they have a medical or religious exemption.
    • Children under 12 who are not vaccinated will still be admitted to the game but must wear a mask at all times.
  • 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.

Updated September 16, 2021

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