Shelter in place began on the Pittsburgh campus on March 31, 2021 at 9 p.m. and begins on the regional campuses on April 16, 2021 at 7 a.m.

Can I go to my class and/or exam?

Yes, in-person classes and exams will continue, and students may attend in person if they wish.

What can I do while sheltering in place?

  • Limit close contacts to just your pod or roommates.
  • Only leave your room or residence to attend classes, in-person exams, labs, or clinicals in person, pick up food, exercise safely, study in the library or other approved study area, attend religious services, work when necessary, and shop for essentials and medical needs.
  • Group projects and student activities should be held virtually.

Where can I exercise on campus?

Campus recreation facilities will remain open, but reservations are required. Outdoor exercise is also a great option, but face coverings should be worn if you’re within 6 feet of others while exercising.

Can I study in the library?

Yes, libraries and study spaces will remain open, but please check hours online. Masking and physical distancing are still required.

Can I go to my job or internship?

Yes, you may continue to go to your job or internship during the shelter-in-place period. You should be sure to wear a face covering, maintain physical distance, wash your hands frequently while at work and follow any additional mitigation requirements of the work environment.

Can I go to the lab or a clinical experience?

Yes, you may continue to go to your lab or clinical experiences during the shelter-in-place period.

Can I attend religious services under shelter in place, such as Easter or Passover celebrations?

Yes, but please be aware that attending events and gatherings of any kind increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. The CDC offers guidance to help communities of faith discern how best to practice their beliefs while keeping their congregations safe. Just like with work environments, every service will vary on levels of risk.

What if I test COVID-19 positive during the shelter-in-place period?

Contact Student Health Service at your campus for your medical needs, assistance with planning your campus departure strategy and contact tracing

Are visitors allowed in residence halls during shelter-in-place?

No, visitors are not permitted in the residence halls.

Can I be indoors without a mask around people who are not in my pod or household?

No.

Do I still have to wear a mask if I’m outdoors and more than 6 feet away from other people?

Yes. Pitt’s health rules are the same in every risk posture, and during shelter-in-place periods. Wear a mask at all times, unless you’re with your pod or household.

What if my roommate does not comply with shelter-in-place plans?

Please contact your resident assistant or resident director.

Can I go get tested for COVID-19 during shelter in place?

Yes. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please call Student Health Service on your campus to schedule an appointment for testing. Students should still come for surveillance testing if invited. The more testing we can do right now, the better sense we’ll have of how COVID-19 is spreading on campus.

I’m a student who’s been fully vaccinated. Do I still need to comply with shelter-in-place guidelines?

Yes. This is for the health and safety of the entire community. Although the vaccines are highly effective, there are cases of people getting COVID-19 after vaccination. Furthermore, many students will be leaving for other states over the summer, where viral spread and vaccination progress looks different than it does at Pitt. For the final weeks of spring term, we advise everyone, regardless of immunization status, to observe the same mitigation measures.

I’m a student who’s tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months. Do I still need to comply with Elevated Risk and shelter-in-place guidelines?

Yes. This is for the health and safety of the entire community. Reinfection, while unlikely for college-aged students, is possible. Furthermore, many students will be leaving to live in other states over the summer, where viral spread looks different than it does at Pitt. For the final weeks of spring term, we advise everyone, regardless of immunity status, to observe the same mitigation measures.