General Information and GUMC Updates Related to COVID-19

Georgetown University COVID-19 Information

Please see Georgetown’s COVID-19 website for the latest updates and announcements.

Campus Mask Guidance

Effective May 18, 2020, and continuing until further notice, all employees, students and visitors must wear a mask when on any of the university’s DC campuses.

This guidance is in accordance with the May 13, 2020, District of Columbia Mayor’s Extensions of Public Emergency and Public Health Emergency and Preparation for Washington, DC Reopening Order 2020-066, which mandates, as it pertains to Georgetown, masks for individuals engaging in minimal business operations where social distance cannot be maintained.

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As detailed in the guidance, all employees and students in a Georgetown University Washington, DC, campus space (including campus buildings, campus grounds, shared laboratory areas, shared residence hall spaces, conference rooms, etc.) are required to wear a mask at all times, except when alone in a private room with a closed door or in a private vehicle. This guidance also applies to all riders of university GUTS buses. Visitors to campus will also be required to wear masks at all times, including children over age 2.

Employees or students who live or work on campus and cannot wear a mask for reasons related to their inclusion in a protected category may request an accommodation through the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action (IDEAA).

Any employee, student or visitor who fails to abide by these guidelines may be asked or directed to leave the campus space. Employees and students who are directed to leave a campus space for failure to comply with these guidelines may be taken off duty and/or subject to disciplinary action.

Instructional Continuity

Resources for Self Care

Georgetown University graphic illustrating the symptoms of COVID-19
Know the symptoms of COVID-19: Symptoms can include the following: cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.

Ways to Help Support Our MedStar and Georgetown Colleagues

COVID-19 and Human Subjects Research Guidance and FAQs

In order to sustain our human subject research during the COVID-19 pandemic, guidelines have been issued jointly by the Medstar Health and Georgetown University for the benefit of investigators and associated staff in both institutions. View the guidelines here.

Staff & AAP Impacts

The medical center is operating under a telework flexible environment. Resources for staff/AAP can be found here. View COVID-19 telework guidelines and procedures and telework technology recommendations.

Dahlgren Memorial Library Operating Status

DML offers many services online, including Ask a DML Librarian. In addition, DML’s COVID-19 page can help you keep current with the rapidly changing COVID-19 literature and guidelines

Travel Restrictions

University-sponsored and supported international and domestic air and train travel, including travel funded by a grant, foundation, company or another university, is suspended until further notice. Those with a compelling university-related reason for such travel should consult with the office of the Provost or campus executive vice president (for GUMC), senior vice president and chief operating officer (for staff of University Services), or the vice president and chief of staff (for direct reports to the president) to request an exception. Read more travel guidance here.

Cancellation of Fall 2020 Study Abroad and Exchange Programs

The moratorium on all university-sponsored student international travel has been extended to include the cancellation of fall 2020 study abroad and exchange programs. This decision applies to all university-sponsored international travel by undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

Event Restrictions

In-person events at GUMC are restricted until further notice. Those who feel a scheduled event should still take place in person should submit a request for a waiver via this Google Form. We will do our best to respond within 24 hours.


COVID-19 News from GUMC