Visitor Expectations & Compliance Process for the use of Face Coverings

Aug. 20, 2020

We Wear Because We Care

The health and wellbeing of all students, staff and faculty, guests, and visitors to our campus is the University of Arizona’s top priority. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 mainly spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can be inhaled by or land on and infect people nearby. Although it is essential for anyone who is sick or has been exposed to COVID-19 to isolate at home, we now know that people who do not show symptoms of COVID-19 may spread the disease without knowing they are infected.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the most important public health measures are (i) to wear a face covering to provide a barrier that reduces the person-to-person spread of airborne respiratory droplets, and (ii) to maintain physical distancing of 6 feet of more at all times. Ongoing scientific studies show that consistent wearing of face coverings in public spaces is an effective strategy for slowing COVID-19 infections (see the CDC guidance on face coverings).

Accordingly, President Robbins has issued an Administrative Directive requiring the use of face coverings by everyone on our campuses to promote campus health and safety.

Visitors, like students and employees, are required to wear a face covering that covers the nose, mouth and chin in all indoor shared spaces on all UArizona campuses, including formal learning spaces (e.g., classrooms, laboratories, studios, etc.), informal learning spaces (e.g., libraries, study rooms, etc.), offices (e.g., administrative offices, academic advisor offices, etc.), and in auxiliary facilities (e.g., Student Union, Bookstore, Campus Rec., Bursar’s Office, Residence Halls, etc.).  They are also required to wear a face covering while in all UArizona outdoor spaces where continuous physical distancing of at least six feet is difficult or impossible to maintain.


Prior to coming to any UArizona facilities for events or other activities, visitors must monitor their own health for any coronavirus symptoms (as described by the CDC) and perform a daily screening using Wildcat WellCheck before coming to any UArizona facilities or events.

Visitors must stay home and do not come to any UArizona facilities or events if they have symptoms of COVID-19, a recent positive test for COVID-19, or direct exposure to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.  Visitors are strongly encouraged to contact their healthcare provider if they feel unwell.

When visitors come to UArizona facilities for events or other activities, they must: 

1.    Wear a face covering as required by the University of Arizona’s Administrative Directive on Face Coverings.

2.    Maintain appropriate physical distance in accordance with CDC guidance and follow UArizona signage and instructions.

3.    Understand that for ticketed events access may be revoked if ticket-holders do not comply with signage or UA staff instructions.  A ticket is a revocable license.


Failure of visitors to UArizona facilities and events to follow the University’s safety and health requirements may result in being asked to leave the UArizona site or to have access revoked.

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