2021 Return to Campus / COVID19 Info

Updated 30 August 2021


As of 08/30/2021 unmasked teaching is NOT allowed regardless of distancing (due to new Boston and Cambridge indoor masking mandates).

General Return-to-Campus Information


Testing is required of all personnel with any on-campus presence.


Vaccine Verification

All Harvard community members (now including those who are remote) are required to provide verification of COVID vaccination to Harvard University Health Services (HUHS). If you have not done so already, it is critical that you do so ASAP via the HUHS Patient Portal, following these instructions.

Mask Requirement

The indoor mask policy remains in place for everyone regardless of vaccination status.

Department Administrators are responsible for ordering masks from WB Mason via Buy2Pay. Contact AdminOps Procurement if clear masks are needed for teaching.


Our fall plan is predicated on faculty, teaching fellows, and instructional staff being here and ready to teach on campus.

Building Access & Safety


Please follow Harvard University visitor guidance

Official visitors (e.g., anyone invited to campus by Harvard personnel) must be vaccinated and must be enrolled in testing if on campus for more than one week.

Students and faculty from local area schools coming to campus on a regular basis (e.g., to audit courses/workshops) need to be vaccinated, registered as POIs, and enrolled in Harvard's testing even if they are being tested at their own institution.

Minors are not permitted on the FAS campus at this time (unless enrolled college students, daycare enrollees, or participants in research experiments). Minors can participate in virtual/online events/programs (but these are still considered youth programs under the minors policy).


Guidance is extremely nuanced and changes frequently. Please consult the EH&S guidance before planning an event, and again just before your event occurs (in case there are changes that will affect your plans); you must be able to adapt. Department administration should be consulted when planning an event.

For detailed guidance, consult https://www.ehs.harvard.edu/system/files/harvard_university_guidance_for_on_campus_activity.pdf

Eating & Drinking

Guidance is nuanced and changes frequently. Since masks are required indoors, eating and drinking is limited to designated spaces and times

If you can eat outdoors, that is preferred and safest. Alone in your office with the door shut is also acceptable. There are designated eating areas around campus; consult with your department admin or building manager if these are not obvious. Eating is not permitted classrooms. Personnel in shared spaces should not remove their masks except for a quick sip of a drink (some exceptions may apply).

For detailed guidance, consult https://www.ehs.harvard.edu/system/files/harvard_university_guidance_for_on_campus_activity.pdf


Harvard affiliates who are fully vaccinated may engage in Harvard-related travel, without a petition, inside the US and to countries rated Level 1, 2, or 3 for COVID by the CDC.