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. 

Departmental Guidance

All employees are encouraged to observe the following guidelines:

Visitor Guidance

Outdoor campus spaces are open to the public and face coverings are optional.  All visitors to campus must wear face coverings when indoors.  See Face Covering FAQs for additional information.

Visitors with COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposures listed below should not to come to campus.

Information for Vendors, Contractors and Persons Conducting Business on Campus

All Vendors, Contractors and Persons Conducting Business on Campus must follow the requirements provided in Visitor Guidance above and must comply with the new COVID-19 Requirements for Vendors, Contractors and Persons Conducting Business on Campus

General Contractors/Construction Managers shall continue to notify Campus Safety, Maryanne Steele or Rob Wallace if a member of their team tests positive for COVID-19 to assist with contact tracing. For UMBA projects, Peter Gray-Mullen shall also be notified.

Contractors continue to be welcome to utilize the Asymptomatic Community COVID-19 Testing Center, and the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at UMass Amherst see hyperlinks for additional information and schedules.

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

Event Guidance

UMass Amherst expects everyone attending an indoor event to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event. Attendees should bring proof of vaccination or negative test result in the event verification is requested. For University of Massachusetts Amherst students, faculty, and staff, a valid UCard is sufficient.

All attendees are required to wear face coverings when indoors except when eating. While outdoors, face coverings should be worn when social distancing is not possible.

1.  Inform attendees they should stay home if they are feeling ill, particularly, if they are experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposures listed below 

2.  Make hand sanitizer available to attendees.

3.  Ensure venue permitted capacities are not exceeded.

4.  Inform guests of the Universities Face Covering protocols

  • Indoor events - all individuals are required to wear face covering 
  • Outdoor events - face coverings should be worn when social distancing is not possible

For questions related to student events, email

For questions related to summer camps, email

For all other questions, email

COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposures

Per CDC guidelines, the following symptoms and exposures would indicate that you should not come to campus

  • Temperature over 100.3F
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite
  • Are unvaccinated and have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or local public health official.

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 individuals in preparing to isolate or quarantine.  

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.   


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.

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)? 

UMass EMS information

Contact Dominic Singh if you have a need for UMEMS EMTs or questions about UMEMS event support operation.  Visit the UMEMS webpage for general information about the unit.

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.