In accordance with CDC guidance, Howard University will require that all members of the University community and our visitors employ the following social distancing guidelines:
- Keep at least six feet between yourself and another person in all public places and inside all buildings.
- Avoid close contact with others.
- Face masks or face coverings must be worn by everyone on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common work spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.).
- Remain at home, or in a residence hall room, if you have a fever or other symptoms associated with COVID-19.
- As part of DC’s Phase 2 guidance, the University will operate at 25% building capacity in office spaces, until local guidance dictates otherwise.
Personal Safety Practices
Prevention measures are similar to those utilized against the common cold and flu. Those measures include frequent hand washing, avoiding touching one’s face with unwashed hands, and coughing into one’s elbow if needed. The University will conduct more frequent cleaning in common areas and on commonly touched surfaces, including in dining, classroom, office, restroom and residential spaces.
On April 2, 2020, the CDC updated its guidance to recommend the use of cloth face coverings “in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies)”. The guidance also clarifies that this recommendation is to use cloth face coverings, not surgical masks or N95 masks, as those are critical supplies that must be reserved for healthcare workers and medical first responders. University stakeholders who are part of a vulnerable population should seek guidance from their health care providers on how to navigate the campus safely as they go about their day to day activities.
The usage of face masks or face coverings will be required for all students, faculty, staff and visitors while on campus, in the presence of others, and in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Below are very important links to University Health Services handouts that explain social distancing, isolation and quarantine, as well as recognizing COVID-19 symptoms, and what to do if you think you may have contracted COVID-19.
Please be sure to click on each link and familiarize yourself with the contents.