The George Washington University has updated its mask policy that goes into effect Monday, Sept. 12. Masks will continue to be mandatory in indoor instructional settings, such as classrooms and teaching laboratories, as well as GW transportation services such as the Mount Vernon Express, VSTC Express and SafeRide.
In addition, masks will remain required in university health care facilities, including the Student Health Center and the GW Medical Faculty Associates, which is consistent with the District of Columbia’s guidance.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 12, masks will be optional but remain strongly recommended in all other university-owned or -operated facilities and contexts, especially when in crowded indoor spaces for extended periods of time. Individuals may choose whether to wear a mask based on a variety of reasons. The university asks that community members respect the personal decisions of others who continue to choose to wear a mask.
The university will continue to monitor rates of COVID-19 on its campuses and in the region and may reinstate any masking or other requirements as necessary. The university’s COVID-19 vaccine and booster requirements remain in place to protect against severe illness or hospitalization.
N95 masks are still available for free to community members at GW’s test sites.