COVID-19 Response

Visit UMass Amherst Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) for resources and updates on the University's COVID-19 response. This site provides the latest campus news and comprehensive information. 


Massachusetts Reopening Self-Certification Requirements

As a part of the Massachusetts Reopening plan self-certification requirements to re-open the University is posting the UMass COVID-19 Control Plan, the UMass Higher Education Control Plan and the Compliance Attestation Poster.

UMass COVID-19 Higher Education Control Plan for Phase 3 – This plan outlines how the campus complies with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 Phase 3 reopening period.


Developing Departmental COVID-19 Safety Management Plans

It is recommended that all departments develop a COVID-19 Safety Management Plan as personnel return to on-site operations. The COVID-19 Workplace Evaluation Checklist can assist departments with planning for reopening, and in developing their COVID-19 Safety Management Plans using this template.  Please contact Maryanne Steele or Rob Wallace with questions.  

If you believe you need to install barriers, or make other modifications to the work area (e.g., purchase or remove furniture) please contact Maryanne or Rob and they will schedule a visit by the COVID Reopening Assessment Team, who will review the space, make recommendations, and authorize necessary barriers.


Developing COVID-19 Safety Management Plans for Events

Comprehensive Event guidance for planning Spring 2021 events can be found  here.  All events will require an approved COVID-19 Safety Management Plan. For students this plan is integrated within the Campus Pulse process. For outdoor events, the plan is integrated into the outdoor land use request process. All other events shall use this form to submit their plan to EHS.


COVID-19 Testing and Next Steps

The University has a developed an overview document on COVID-19 Testing and Next Steps.


Student Planning Guide to Isolation and Quarantine

UMass Amherst will use the key public health tools known as isolation and quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID19 among the campus community. Because there is typically little time to prepare for isolation or quarantine when instructed to do so, UMass Amherst has developed this planning guide to assist students in preparing to isolate or quarantine. This guide is for students who live on campus, as well as student who live off campus. Provided is the Isolation Guidance and Quarantine Guidance. Also included is the meal ordering instructions for in on-campus Isolation or Quarantine


Promote Healthy Living during COVID-19 Posters

Download, print and circulate these healthy living posters to promote the University's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please post these safe-living guides in your work spaces, on campus and at home. 


Onsite Personnel Covid-19 Checklist

If you are an on-site employee, please use this COVID-19 Daily Self Checklist each day before reporting to work.   

UMass Amherst has developed this new training video focused on best practices and protocols to keep the university community safe as we undertake a phased reopening of campus. All employees are encouraged to view the video, whether they are now returning to work on campus or have been serving as on-site personnel.


Information for Consultants, Service Contractors, Trade Service Contractors and Vendors 

For consultants, service contractors and vendors that are not performing or supporting construction, the following is required from a COVID Safety Management Plan standpoint.

Vendors and service providers must submit a COVID-19 Safety Management Plan to EH&S for review and approval.  Plans must address the key elements contained in the UMass COVID-19 Control Plan, including:

  • Training of Employees
  • Social Distancing
  • Use of Face Coverings
  • Hygiene Protocols
  • Self-Checks prior to coming to campus
  • Staying home if you are sick, exposed to someone who has COVID-19, or have been asked to isolate or quarantine
  • Notification to UMass if one of their workers is diagnosed with COVID-19 shortly after they have been on campus 

For consultants, trade service contractors and vendors that are performing or supporting construction, plans must follow the Massachusetts Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards  and Sector Specific Protocols and Best Practices for Construction .     

Plans should be submitted to Maryanne Steele and Rob Wallace for review and approval. 

If a contractor requests that the University answer a survey regarding our COVID-19 history and practices, please refer those requests to the UMass COVID-19 Safety Officer Maryanne Steele

As stated on the UMass Travel Information page, consultants, service contractors, trade service contractors and vendors must also adhere to the Massachusetts Travel Advisory. If the visit is not considered critical infrastruction as specified by the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the traveler will be claiming exemption from quarantine by way of vaccine or negative test, submit an affidavit stating compliance through your UMass host. Dining options on campus for visitors are currently limited to Harvest Market and People's Organic Coffee within the Campus Center. 

 Please feel free to contact Maryanne Steele if you have questions.

COVID-19 Information for Labs

EH&S Guide for the Research Community

Please refer to the Academic Safety webpage for guidance and communications to laboratory and research areas.  Please visit our Indoor Air Quality page for information on ventilation and promoting healthy work environments.



Please go to Disinfectants used at UMass Amherst that are EPA approved for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 Illness) for a list of products that have been reviewed and found effective against SARS-CoV-2 by comparing them to the EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use against SARS-CoV-2.


Cleaning and Disinfection Instructions

 Response Protocols for COVID Impacted Spaces

Power point presentations covering Custodial and Maintenance Response to COVID impacted spaces may be found here. For best viewing of imbedded videos, these PowerPoint presentations should be downloaded from the box folder. 

Wearing gloves and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)? 


Hazardous Material Inventory Management and Waste Pick-up

CEMS is operating to meet the needs of the research community.  Laboratories may order any hazardous materials and supplies that are needed.

Hazardous waste pickups will continue at this time. Please provide access times for your lab in the hazardous waste request comment section.


Training Online

All EH&S in-person training is cancelled until further notice.  Visit our on-line training page for access to the OWL system and to complete programs on-line. 

Contractor Safety Training will be held via remote learning (Zoom). Please learn more at Contractor Safety Training on-line.


UMass EMS information

UMass Emergency Medical Services (UMEMS) has suspended service during this time.  Contact Dominic Singh if you have questions.  Visit the UMEMS webpage for general information about the unit.


EH&S 24-Hour Response Open

EH&S 24-hour response is still available on campus and can be reached for guidance and assistance by calling 413-545-2682.  If your issue is an emergency that requires Fire, Ambulance, or Police Response call 911 or UMPD at 413-545-3111.


COVID-19 HR Response Team

All campus personnel – including supervisors, deans and department heads – who are concerned about potential exposure because they believe an employee has tested positive, is presumptive positive, or has been in contact with someone they think has been infected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), should contact the COVID-19 HR Response Team.


UHS Triage Advice Nurse

Questions? Call the UMass University Health Services (UHS) Triage Advice Nurse at 413-577-5229.