Health & Safety Measures

Practice social distancing

Social distancing means not only temporarily suspending schools, working remotely (when possible), and avoiding group gatherings and public events, but also making daily choices to minimize contact with others. It's a pretty big change from how we normally live our lives. And, if we all can distance ourselves from each other for the time being, it can make a big impact on the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We recommend you find ways to stay at home when you can and reduce exposure to others, whether they seem sick or not. If you have to go into public spaces, maintain a distance of approximately 6 feet from others whenever possible.

Face covering

face covering

In accordance with the California Department of Public Health guidance, it is required, when feasible, that individuals wear a face covering in all University buildings. Wear a face covering outdoors if social distancing is not possible. Questions or comments about this protocol may be direct to Safety & Risk Management at (209) 667-3057 or email

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Wear your face covering correctly

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • Do not place a mask on a child younger than 2

Avoid going out

California public health officials have directed bars, night clubs, breweries and wine tasting rooms to close. Restaurants are focusing on food delivery and takeout while maximizing social distancing for those who are inside their restaurant. Food, Beverage and Other Services Guidance (PDF)

Order Delivery. Many local establishments offer drive-up and delivery through Doordash and Grubhub. Make sure that, if you’re hungry and don’t want to tap into your reserves, you dine responsibly and order delivery! You can now order using “non-contact delivery.”

Campus Dining at Village Café is open for take-out only options for students in Housing & Residential Life.

Message to faculty & staff

June 19 - Face Coverings, Sanitation and Disinfection
March 17 - Social distancing message to employees

How to prepare

Information from CDC on how to prepare schools, workplaces & community locations and your family in case COVID-19 spreads in your community.

Social Distancing Explained - UC Irvine