Safety Guidelines (COVID-19 Safety Measures)

George Mason University COVID-19 Public Health & Safety Precautions 

  • The University has established requirements for wearing Face Coverings while on University Property, in University Facilities, or participating in person in University classes, events, programs, and activities. This policy applies to all George Mason University (“Mason” or “University”) employees, students, volunteers, contractors, employees of contractors, visitors, and any other individual on University Property, who are 2 years and older. 
  • Exceptions are granted if a person has received an accommodation from the appropriate University office because of a disability that prevents the wearing of a Face Covering 

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COVID-19 ETIQUETTE… 

  • Practice social distancing when possible, maintain a 6-foot distance from others.  
  • Regardless of vaccination status, wear a properly fitted mask when indoors or occupying an open space with others, except when eating, drinking, and sleeping. 
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol 
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.   

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Important Reminders

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  • Display a negative COVID-19 test 24-hours before traveling, Student Health Services recommends getting tested 3-5 days prior to the trip due to high traffic at the testing site and 3-5 days after returning from the trip. 
  • Bring a vaccination card. It is encouraged to make a photocopy or bring a digital copy. 
  • Complete the COVID-19 health check each day during the trip. 
  • Limit contact before going on the trip 

Housing 

  • Limit the number of individuals to a space, depending on the trip, having two people assigned to a living space 
  • Clean and disinfect the living space (we will be supplying cleaning supplies - group and individual supplies) 

Dining/Meals 

  • Plan for bulk meals 
  • Wear masks, gloves, and/or hair nets when cooking meals 
  • Limit the number of individuals in a group while cooking meals 

Transportation 

  • Practice social distancing when possible. Allow one seat in between each passenger if possible.
  • Wear a properly fitted mask while riding in the vans at all times except when eating drinking, and sleeping. 

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 Safety Guidelines 

GENERAL 

Do I need to be fully vaccinated in order to attend Alternative Break trips? 

  • All George Mason University students, faculty, and staff are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to participate in education abroad programs. This policy does not apply to individuals who have an approved medical or religious exemption from the University. Exempted students are still subject to restrictions or requirements placed on unvaccinated travelers by foreign governments and host institutions and partners abroad 

Will I need to be tested for COVID-19 before I Travel? 

  • All George Mason University students, faculty, and staff are required to take a COVID-19 test 24-hours before traveling, and 3-5 days after returning from the trip 

Do I Need to Wear a Mask While Traveling? 

  • All George Mason University students, faculty, and staff are required to wear masks while traveling in university vans or other modes of transportation. 

DOMESTIC TRAVEL 

What to Expect During Domestic Travel? 

  • You will have to abide by restrictions and mandates by host governments. This could mean limits on inter-city travel, curfews, face-covering mandates, stay-at-home orders, among others. 

Am I Required to Quarantine After Domestic Travel? 

  • CDC does not require travelers to undergo a mandatory federal quarantine. However, CDC recommends that unvaccinated travelers self-quarantine after travel for 7 days with a negative test  

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL 

What to Expect During International Travel? 

  • Enhanced health screenings at airports and other transportation centers can mean additional time. Make sure that you build in an increased buffer into travel days to account for delays.
  • You will have to abide by restrictions and mandates by host governments. This could mean limits on inter-city travel, curfews, face-covering mandates, stay-at-home orders, among others. 
  • Be prepared to self-isolate or quarantine upon arrival, along with the costs associated with this. There are rarer instances of symptomatic travelers being required to quarantine even with a recent negative test. Keep informed on the current entry restrictions for your host country.

Am I Required to Quarantine After International Travel? 

  • CDC does not require travelers to undergo a mandatory federal quarantine. However, CDC recommends that unvaccinated travelers self-quarantine after travel for 7 days with a negative test 

For further questions regarding COVID-19 please visit

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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