2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated May 4, 2021, 4:45 p.m.

MU continues to work closely with infection control experts at MU Health Care and local and state public health officials, and follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has activated a statewide public hotline, 877-435-8411, for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding COVID-19.

What Mizzou Is Doing

  • In accordance with new guidance from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our local Boone County public health officials, MU has updated its outdoor face covering requirements:
    • Wearing face coverings outside is no longer required on campus, although it is still encouraged that you use a face covering if you are within 6 feet of someone you do not live with, particularly if you are not vaccinated and if you are with that individual for 15 minutes or longer.
    • It is also still recommended that individuals avoid large outside crowds where social distancing is not possible.
    • Face coverings and social distancing are still required while indoors on campus.
    • Whenever a face covering is required, it must always be kept over your mouth and nose.
    • Updated face covering information, exceptions and situation-specific guidance can be found on Show me Renewal.
  • The university has announced full in-person return to work by May 17.
  • Mizzou has announced plans to host in-person commencement ceremonies for May and August 2021 graduates and the Class of 2020 over three weekends in April and May.
  • While numbers of active COVID cases on campus and in Columbia have declined and remain somewhat stable, the pandemic is not over. That said, unit leaders may now consider allowing business travel provided they are judicious in approving requests for travel in support of the mission of the university, and they ensure all relevant public health guidelines are being followed. Requests that do not provide a clear justification as to how the travel request supports our mission should not be approved.
  • The Provost shared plans for scheduling fall courses, including more face-to-face classes and classroom capacities closer to pre-pandemic levels.
  • Information on case data for students, faculty and staff is available on the Show Me Renewal site.
  • MU has limited most university-sponsored events to 50 and is prohibiting nearly all events from outside groups on campus.
  • The UM System has issued enhanced HR policies. To view the revised policies, visit HR-700 Enhanced HR Policies for Employees in Response to COVID-19. Employees of MU Health Care and MU School of Medicine will be provided separate guidance, appropriate for those providing health care for our community.

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