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We are a mask friendly campus

When students and faculty return to campus for the Spring 2023 semester, masks will not be required in indoor spaces on main campus. The general public will not be required to wear masks in public facilities—including the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Natural History Museum of Utah, and Pioneer Theatre. It is important that our campus remain “mask-friendly.” Those who still wish to wear masks are encouraged to do so, especially those at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Masks are still required in all University of Utah Health facilities. 

We also strongly encourage you to follow these offerings and protocols:

    • Test weekly for COVID-19, even if asymptomatic
    • Get vaccinated against COVID-19 and get a booster when eligible
    • If you test positive, or are unvaccinated and exposed to COVID-19, follow the 5-5-5 rule*

The 5-5-5 rule should be followed by those who are exposed to COVID-19 and who have not been vaccinated against the virus, or who have not been boosted but are eligible for a booster shot. Again, that means that if you are exposed to somebody who has COVID-19, you should:

    • Stay home for five days.
    • Take a rapid antigen test on day five.
    • Wear a mask for five more days when around others.

The University’s COVID-19 webpage contains additional resources and information. University of Utah Health also has a helpful webpage with FAQs and practical tips about how to protect yourself from COVID-19, and more.

COVID-19 & Community Responsibility

It will take everyone, working together, to support a safer on-campus community. Adhering to updated policies and guidelines is the responsibility of all residents to ensure the health and well-being of our overall community. Please review the following updates and information regarding living on campus in the era of COVID-19.

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Vaccination Information

Students who attend the University of Utah are required to be fully vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). With the full FDA approval of the COVID-19 vaccine, the university is also requiring COVID-19 vaccination. More information here.

COVID-19 vaccination is also required for all U of U Health Hospitals and Clinics staff, credentialed and privileged providers, and Health Academics staff in patient-sensitive job codes. Dr. Tom Miller detailed the new U of U Health policy in a Clinical Update. More information will become available by mid-September. In the same meeting, Dr. Jeanmarie Mayer answered questions about the policy and provided updates about vaccine effectiveness (32:25-50:14).

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and our campus community. As a reminder, people are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. For more information on the definition of fully vaccinated as well as booster dose recommendations view current CDC guidance here. While very uncommon, vaccinated individuals can still get a coronavirus infection, but are more likely to have mild or no symptoms.

If you are ready to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, you have two convenient options:

  • For U of U students – You can schedule an appointment with Student Health here.
  • Visit
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Spring 2023 Move-In


Campus COVID-19 testing for students, faculty, and staff will end on December 15th. A different version of the testing program will roll out for the Spring Semester on January 9, 2023.

In the meantime, students can access antigen tests at HRE over the holiday break. Other tests can be found on the Salt Lake County Health Department website.

Face Coverings

Masking remains required in Utah Health facilities. In non-University of Utah Health facilities, indoor masking recommendations are based on current conditions and health department recommendations

Guest Policy

A guest is defined as anyone who is not contracted to live in an HRE space. Guests are permitted inside HRE rooms/apartments. Visit our Guest Registration webpage for policy information and step-by-step instructions on registering your guest.

Guest Registration

Isolation & Quarantine

If there was an exposure or possibility of an exposure, please refer to the Covid-19 Guidance for Students, Faculty and Staff in Non-Healthcare Settings on Campus

Cleaning Buckets

Cleaning and sanitation supplies are available for residents to use. Cleaning buckets can be picked up in laundry rooms. Please return cleaning buckets after you use them so that our custodial team can keep supplies replenished. Buckets include:

  • Glass cleaner
  • All-purpose cleaner and disinfectant
  • Gloves
  • Towels

Cleaning Checklist In Your Room

HRE custodial team members will clean common areas and high traffic areas of campus. All residents should regularly clean their own bedroom and/or bathroom areas:

  • Wear reusable or disposable gloves for routine cleaning and disinfection.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on the surfaces.
  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

(Source: CDC)

Find more COVID-19 information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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