Updated rules and requirements are effective Monday, Aug. 9, 2021.

As the pandemic has evolved, so has the University’s response. Based on the the latest data and public health guidance, the Healthcare Advisory Group has revised our Standards and Guidelines and implemented the following rules for all Pitt campuses:

Face Coverings

Indoors: Regardless of your vaccination status, face coverings are required when indoors, unless you are in your enclosed private office or dwelling with the door closed.

Outdoors: Individuals who are not fully vaccinated, as well as those who are or live with someone who is immunocompromised, should wear face coverings when outdoors and unable to maintain physical distancing. Additionally, anyone is welcome to wear a face covering outdoors based on their own comfort level.

Read the revised rules. 

The most important aspect of any mask is that it be well-fitted and cover the mouth and nose. N95 respirators offer maximum protection against SARS CoV-2 if worn properly, which might be a consideration for vulnerable people or those who have a vulnerable close contact.

Beginning Jan. 27, the University of Pittsburgh will provide one N95 respirator per person at the concierge entrances to most University buildings for those who need them. Surgical masks, which are appropriate in many cases, will continue to be available to those who need them. Pitt does not offer fit testing for N95s. Learn more from the CDC’s page on mask types and their benefits.  

Read Frequently Asked Questions about face coverings. 

Personal Practices

There are simple steps you can take to mitigate the spread of illness—including COVID-19, colds and the flu—and protect yourself and others.

  • If you haven’t yet, get vaccinated and boosted.
  • If you’re sick, stay home until you feel better.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, do so in a disposable tissue or your bended elbow. 
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol.
  • Frequently clean high-touch surfaces within your area, like your desk and office doorknob using the supplied materials. 
  • Try to use your elbow on high-touch public surfaces, like elevator buttons or push-open doors. 
  • Limit the time you spend with others in small spaces like bathrooms and elevators.

The Healthcare Advisory Group and COVID-19 Medical Response Office regularly review campus data and public health guidance and may change guidance as needed.