General Information

[Last update: August 25, 2021]

Effective July 15, 2021, Harvard will no longer require vaccinated individuals to observe physical distance requirements, either indoors or outdoors. Unvaccinated individuals are still required to maintain physical distancing indoors. Note that masks remain required indoors regardless of vaccination status

The ONLY time masks can be removed is when you are eating/drinking in designated eating spaces (as a group in conference rooms, alone in private offices; not hallways or shared offices). When you are removing your mask to eat, please re-mask as soon as you are done eating and please socially distance when eating together indoors. Lab meetings and seminars can of course continue, but masking is required at all times and please refrain from eating/drinking during the meetings.

Please report your vaccination status to Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) if you have not done so already. 

To help limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the University will increase its COVID-19 testing cadence requirements, effective Monday, August 9. Please note that you may pick up several kits at the same time (up to 3). You may test more frequently than your required cadence.

The updated testing cadences are as follows and apply to all students, faculty, staff, and researchers with any on-campus presence: 

  • Fully Vaccinated – once per week
  • Unvaccinated, including for medical/religious exemption – twice per week
  • Note: Residents in Undergraduate Housing were already required to test at these cadences, so this update does not affect their testing requirements.
  • Faculty, staff, and researchers with an infrequent presence on campus are not required to come to campus for the sole purpose of testing. Simply test the next time you are on campus. 

For more information, please visit the HMS "Returning to Campus" site.