May 25, 2021 - Updated Face Covering and Social Distancing Guidelines

Dear Campus Community,

On May 14, 2021, St. Louis County updated its emergency orders to align with new guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that eased face covering and social distancing requirements for fully vaccinated individuals. These guidelines state that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, with some specialized exceptions.

Throughout the pandemic, UMSL has relied on the guidance of the CDC and local health experts to set policy, and we will continue to do so. As such, the university’s Unified Command Pandemic Response team has recommended – and the Executive Policy Group has approved – updated policies for face coverings and social distancing at the university. As of today, UMSL will no longer require fully vaccinated individuals to wear face coverings or physically distance on campus.

People who are not fully vaccinated (those who are not at least two weeks post-completion of a vaccination series) remain at risk of contracting and transmitting the virus. To protect their own health and the health of people around them, it is vital that those not fully vaccinated continue to wear a face covering when on campus, practice physical distancing and maintain other CDC-recommended measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Those who are fully vaccinated and feel more comfortable wearing a face covering or practicing social distancing are encouraged to do so based on their own comfort levels and individual health factors.

Please review the full, updated policy and FAQs on the Start Safe, Stay Safe website.

UMSL continues to strongly encourage all unvaccinated, vaccine-eligible individuals ages 12 and up to become fully vaccinated as soon as possible and to continue to follow established safety guidelines and precautions to support the health, safety and well-being of our entire university community.

Best regards,

UMSL Unified Command
  • D'Andre Braddix, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs
  • Dan Freet, Chief of Police/Institutional Safety
  • Jim Hertel, Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Daryl Ives, Executive Director of Facilities Management
  • Marie Mora, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
  • Justin Roberts, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Marketing and Communications
  • Bob Samples, Chief of Staff
  • Christopher Sullivan, Campus Health Officer