Face Coverings & Physical Distancing

The following modifications to our face-covering requirements will take effect May 16 and, as with all of our health and safety guidelines, are subject to change based on the nature of the pandemic, university and community transmission rates, policy changes, and other relevant factors.

Face coverings are no longer required in indoor spaces except for the following:

  • Clinical settings such as UIS Health Services, the Counseling Center and the Shield Testing Site
  • Testing location for Civil Service classification exams
  • University and public events when required by performer/speaker contracts

Additionally, individuals should wear a face covering if requested by others when meeting in their private offices or residences, as well if they recently have been exposed to COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms. No additional requirements for face coverings should be implemented for particular units, spaces or events.

Those who prefer to continue to wear a face covering anywhere on campus are encouraged to do so. Please remember that we are United in Safety and will treat one another with respect and understanding.

Operations for Summer 2022

Effective May 16, UIS will base COVID-19 mitigations on the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s community level for Sangamon County. According to the CDC, levels can be low, medium or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.

The COVID-19 vaccine (initial series) will continue to be required of all new students, faculty and staff entering for the Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 terms unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption.

The below chart outlines mitigation requirements for UIS students, faculty and staff based on community levels. This plan is subject to change based on the nature and prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic and/or evolving CDC or IDPH guidance. For the Fall 2022 semester, the University will review and confirm its approach at least three weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Notable changes:

  • Removal of the mask requirement for all indoor settings except where required by local/state/federal law while in “low” or “medium” community levels. This is regardless of vaccine status.
  • Removal of social-distancing requirements for all, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Removal of testing requirements for anyone with the initial vaccination series. Exempt/unvaccinated individuals must continue to test once per week until COVID-19 Executive Order 2021-22, Section 4,is lifted and the university confirms permission to end the testing requirement for this sub-group.
 Low Community LevelMediumHigh
Vaccine Status   
Vaccinated (initial series completed and beyond)  The following is optional:
• Masks
• Testing
• Social distancing  

Testing is strongly encouraged if symptomatic.
The following is optional:
• Masks
• Testing
• Social distancing  

Testing is strongly encouraged if symptomatic.
The following is required:
• Masks  

The following is optional:
• Testing
• Social distancing  

Testing is strongly encouraged if symptomatic.
  Not VaccinatedThe following is required:
• Testing 1x week  

The following is optional:
• Masks
• Social distancing  
The following is required:
• Testing 1x week  

The following is optional:
• Masks
• Social distancing
The following is required:
• Test 1x week
• Masks  

The following is optional:
• Social distancing
Operations   
Indoor eventsThe following is optional:
• Masks
• Social distancing  

No capacity limits.
The following is optional:
• Masks
• Social distancing

No capacity limits, but event organizers should consider allowing for spacing for those who desire it.  
The following is required:
• Masks
• Provide space for social distancing  

Strongly consider reducing density and capacity limits.  
  InstructionThe following is optional for all:
• Masks
• Social distancing
The following is optional for all:
• Masks
• Social distancing
The following is required for all:
• Masks  

The following is optional for all:
• Social distancing  
  TestingOptional for vaccinated; required 1x for exempt/unvaccinated.  

Strongly encouraged for anyone who is symptomatic or recently exposed to COVID-19.  
Optional for vaccinated; required 1x for exempt/unvaccinated.  

Strongly encouraged for anyone who is symptomatic or recently exposed to COVID-19.  
Optional for vaccinated; required 1x for exempt/unvaccinated.  

Strongly encouraged for anyone who is symptomatic or recently exposed to COVID-19.  

Isolation & Quarantine Summer 2022

Effective May 16, UIS will follow CDC guidance for isolation and quarantine. Taking a COVID-19 test to return to school or work following the recommended isolation or quarantine period will no longer be required. Recommendations differ based on vaccination status and date of prior infections (if applicable). Please refer to this chart for specific directives based on your situation:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html#

Testing

Location, Hours of Operation: Visit the UIS SHIELD Testing website.

Targeted Testing: At any given time, the CRRT may require additional testing of certain groups based on increased risk of spread such as campus or community health data, infection outbreaks, increased level of interaction (including group travel) and/or number of unvaccinated individuals with approved exemptions.

Mitigations

Beyond mitigation measures issued to unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals with an approved exemption or extension, the CRRT may issue targeted or campus-wide mitigations based on campus and/or community health statistics.

Capacity Limits & Gatherings

At this time, there are no restrictions on capacity limits and gathering sizes. All attendees must follow current COVID-19 policies, including any mitigations for individuals with exemptions. Event organizers should make their best attempt to provide opportunities for individuals to maintain space from others if they want or need to do so.

Human Resources Guidelines

Guidance for employees during the COVID-19 pandemic is on the Human Resources website.