Department of Statistics COVID-19 Prevention Plan, Policies, and Resources

This page is to detail the current, mandatory Department of Statistics directives related to operations during COVID-19, in accordance with the Department of Statistics COVID-19 Prevention Plan.

Last updated: 09/30/2021

Updated COVID-19 safety policies and guidance 


  1. Physical distancing is no longer required regardless of vaccination status in most settings: Physical distancing is recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated when in crowded areas or in spaces that are not well ventilated. Physical distancing continues to be required in health care, child care and K-12 settings, regardless of vaccination status.
  2. Personnel, including student employees, under Gov. Inslee’s proclamation, full vaccination is a condition of employment effective Oct. 18, 2021, if a medical or religious exemption is not granted by that date. A “condition of employment” means your employment will end on Oct. 18 if you are not vaccinated and do not have an approved exemption. Vaccination verifications will be handled at the department level.
  3. Face Coverings Required for all personnel indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Indoors, all individuals are required to wear a face covering indoors, regardless of vaccination status, when on site at a University of Washington location. This requirement is applicable indoors when other people are present and in all public and common areas, including, but not limited to lobbies, hallways, stairways, restrooms, elevators, and in shared vehicles. Outdoors, face coverings are strongly recommended, regardless of vaccination status, when in crowded settings and in settings where there is a decreased ability to consistently maintain a physical distance between others.
  4. Submission of the daily symptom attestation is no longer required in most settings. Exceptions include health care, child care and K-12 settings. However, individuals must continue to self-monitor daily for COVID-19 symptoms and stay home or go home if they are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  5. COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfection Protocol is updated: Changes align with updated CDC guidance based on evidence that the potential for COVID-19 transmission via surfaces is low.
  6. UW COVID-19 Prevention Plan is updated: Includes a new Vaccination section; the remaining sections are streamlined to reflect relaxed requirements (see the log of changes for details). 
  7. Visitor logs are no longer required unless there is a unit or location-specific requirement to maintain them.
  8. COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Transit: A new guidance document for transit riders

No changes: COVID-19 safety measures that remain in effect 


  1. Daily self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms and staying home if you are sick or symptomatic (however, completing a daily symptom attestation is no longer required in most settings)
  2. Reporting COVID-19 illness and close contact to EH&S regardless of vaccination status: When Do You Report?
  3. COVID-19 Case Response
  4. Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

Visit the COVID-19 Health and Safety Resources webpage to view a complete list of guidance documents that are in the process of being updated and a list of COVID-19 guidance no longer in effect.

Contact with COVID-19 safety questions.