Health and Safety Guidance

Given recently released national guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in concert with the State University System, the University of Florida will make masks optional rather than required for students, faculty, staff and guests on UF property and in UF facilities effective immediately. Those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue wearing masks, according to CDC guidance.

Within UF Health hospitals or other patient-facing clinical facilities, including dentistry practices and veterinary hospitals, masks will continue to be required. UF Health will support UF in implementing these policies as safely as possible and urges those who have not been vaccinated to do so. 


For More Information

UF has compiled resources for workplace best practices, policy information and guidance for departments and leaders. Information for faculty and staff is also available through the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect website.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are individuals placed in quarantine required to use sick leave?

Individuals who have been placed in quarantine but are feeling well may work remotely if they are able to complete their duties and their supervisor approves their working remotely. Those unable to work remotely or who are not feeling well may use emergency medical leave or sick leave. For more information, please visit the Guidance on Taking Leave section of the UFHR website.

If my question isn't answered here, whom can I contact?

Please email reopen@ufl.edu for additional questions not answered here.

How can I learn more about what to expect for the Summer and Fall semesters?

UF will continue to communicate proactively about the expectations for students, faculty and staff in the fall semester. Additionally, please visit this site regularly for the latest information.

What workplace flexibility will be available for employees?

There will continue to be options for a flexible work schedule, as there have been in the past. But the majority of UF’s employees stationed at the main campus and statewide should plan to work at their normal work locations beginning Summer B if they have not already done so. 

More information on working remotely may be found on the UFHR website.

My question is not addressed here. Where can I learn more?

UF Human Resources has assembled a comprehensive webpage of resources to support faculty and staff during this time.

What accommodations will be made for employees who have an underlying health concern for the summer and fall semesters?

The Office of Accessibility and Gender Equity in tandem with Human Resources and UF Health have developed a process to evaluate appropriate accommodations for faculty with disabilities. For more information, please visit Office of Accessibility and Gender Equity’s website.

What health and safety precautions will remain in place for the Summer semester to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Given recently released national guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in concert with the State University System, the University of Florida will make masks optional rather than required for students, faculty, staff and guests on UF property and in UF facilities effective immediately. Those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue wearing masks, according to CDC guidance. 

Within UF Health hospitals or other patient-facing clinical facilities, including dentistry practices and veterinary hospitals, masks will continue to be required.

UF Health will support UF in implementing these policies as safely as possible and urges those who have not been vaccinated to do so. To learn how and where to receive the vaccine, visit: https://coronavirus.ufhealth.org/vaccinations/vaccine-availability/

May employees ask one another to wear masks? May instructors ask their students to do so?

All people are asked to be considerate and respect others’ personal space – particularly during this time of transition. However, since mask-wearing is optional, employees should not ask others to do so.

What resources are available for students, faculty or staff who are experiencing stress during this time?

The UF Counseling and Wellness Center offers a variety of mental health services and resources. Our UF Employee Assistance Program offers confidential 24/7 access to support for employees at no cost.

Will UF resume full, normal operations for the Summer B and Fall semesters?

Yes. Pending any unexpected developments, activities will accelerate in areas previously impeded by the pandemic. In-person classes will be at pre-pandemic capacities, employees will travel more on university business, students will resume study abroad experiences, laboratories and libraries will operate at full throttle, purchasing of supplies will increase, performances and other cultural experiences will blossom, etc.  In short, we will resume UF’s rich academic, cultural, and athletic lifestyles.

Will increased sanitation services continue?

Increased sanitation and disinfecting services in UF facilities will continue through Building Services. These enhanced measures are integrated and incorporated into our standard operating procedures.