Category: Messages to the Community

Title: Update on Public Health Measures

Date Published: May 19, 2021

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community,

We are writing to share several updates about the University’s public health measures, which we are implementing after carefully reviewing the latest guidance from the DC government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As we prepare for the gradual return to campus of our community in the coming weeks and months, we are encouraged that public health trends for COVID-19 on campus and in the District of Columbia continue to improve.

COVID-19 Mask Guidelines

We are updating the University’s COVID-19 Mask Guidelines, effective Friday, May 21, which is when Mayor Bowser’s latest public health order takes effect.

Fully vaccinated individuals on campus and fully vaccinated students living in the Georgetown, Burleith and Foxhall neighborhoods (“Neighborhoods”) do not need to wear a mask in outdoor spaces, except where directed in limited circumstances, including during certain University events, such as the 2021 Commencement ceremony at Nationals Park. All individuals on campus and students living in the Neighborhoods, regardless of vaccination status, need to continue to wear a mask when indoors, except when eating or drinking, when alone in a private room with a closed door or when in their personal residence without guests.

We have made these updates in consultation with public health experts who have been advising the University throughout the pandemic. To reduce the risk of transmitting the virus and to protect community members who are in vulnerable populations, it is important for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear a mask indoors on campus or when in certain circumstances outdoors, including University events in which large crowds are gathered in the same space.

Please refer to the Mask Guidelines for additional information.

Georgetown University Community Compact

The Georgetown University Community Compact (Community Compact) will remain in effect for the summer. We have updated the Community Compact in light of new guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.

Faculty and staff who have been approved to come to campus this summer and who have not yet signed the Community Compact will need to sign it by completing the Summer 2021 Affirmation in the GU360 mobile app or GU360 website. Faculty and staff who have already signed the Community Compact do not need to take any further action.

Students who will live on campus or participate in a University course or program this summer will also need to complete the Summer 2021 Affirmation in the GU360 mobile app or GU360 website. Students who have already signed the Community Compact will not be prompted to sign it again, but they will need to confirm their address and emergency contact information as part of the Summer 2o21 Affirmation. Students who are not living on campus or are not participating in a University course or program this summer do not need to take any further action.

COVID-19 Vaccination

As Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Ranit Mishori shared in her May 12 message, students, faculty and staff are now able to get vaccinated on campus, at no cost to community members. If you are interested, please email chiefpublichealthofficer@georgetown.edu to indicate your interest and to receive additional details.

If you have already been vaccinated, please submit documentation of your COVID-19 vaccination through the GU360 mobile app or GU360 website. Please follow these instructions to submit your documentation.

We all must keep doing our part to protect ourselves and one another, including by getting vaccinated as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves, Provost

Edward B. Healton, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences

William M. Treanor, Executive Vice President and Dean of the Law Center

Geoffrey S. Chatas, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer