GW’s Indoor Mask Mandate Remains in Effect

March 01, 2022

The George Washington University’s indoor mask mandate remains in effect for all university-owned or -operated facilities, including classrooms, until further notice. The university also strongly recommends the use of  N95 or KN95 masks indoors on campus.  

Rates of positive COVID-19 cases have dramatically decreased in the region and on our campuses. However, rates still remain at a high level compared to other phases of the pandemic. In addition, we anticipate an increase of positive cases due to increased travel and gatherings over the spring break period. The combination of our COVID-19 vaccine and booster requirement, routine COVID-19 testing and indoor mask requirement has helped keep on-campus transmission of COVID-19 very low, especially in classrooms. 

As you may have seen, the District of Columbia’s indoor mask mandate lifts today, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. It is important to note that our indoor mask mandate remains consistent with DC Health’s current guidance. The District’s guidance still requires masks to be worn in K-12 schools and in facilities where a large number of people congregate, like the University Student Center, District House and residence halls. Additionally, the guidance allows for private entities, like the university, to require masks.

The university will also continue to require all visitors to be vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19.

We continually review our public health guidelines, including our indoor mask mandate, based on the latest data about COVID-19 transmission in our community, as well as local and national public health guidance. We will update you on any changes to our guidance.