Face Covering Policy, Event Guidelines and More

February 17, 2022

Face Covering Policy

Some COVID-19 public health measures in Washington state and King County are beginning to be lifted, including mask mandates. Seattle University’s COVID response and opening task force is reviewing these changes and expects to have more to share soon. We do not anticipate any significant changes to the university’s Face Covering Policy, or easing other restrictions, during the winter quarter or prior to March 21, the date the state mandate is lifted for businesses and schools.

Decisions will continue to be made based on sound science and the advice of public health experts, and prioritizing the safety, health and wellness of our community while keeping in mind the importance of in-person learning and experiences to our educational mission as a Jesuit institution. 

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Guidance for In-Person Gatherings

As we return to more in-person activities and some have asked for guidance on campus events and gatherings, the university is recommending these practices for in-person events with 100 or more attendees.

Important to Note: 

  • These recommended protocols may ease as conditions improve.
  • We understand that every event is unique. If you have questions about a gathering that will be attended by 100 or more people, please reach out to your Conference and Event Services coordinator or rooms@seattleu.edu.
  • For all in-person events, regardless of size, attendees currently are required to complete the Safe Start Health Check before coming to campus and follow the university’s face covering policy.

Symptoms, Exposure, Positive Test? 

Please note that the guidance on this page was recently updated to indicate that a negative molecular test such as a PCR is required before coming to campus if you have COVID symptoms and/or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive.

This requirement, which is part of the Safe Start Health Check, is in effect while community transmission in King County is high, as currently is the case.