The University will require campus visitors to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from the past six days, according to an email sent to the GW community Thursday.
The email states vaccinated people will need to carry vaccine documentation, and unvaccinated individuals must present negative test results to visit campus tours, meetings, activities or events. The new policy – which goes into effect Monday, Sept. 27 – will prevent campus visitors from accessing University facilities if they cannot present the required records, according to the email.
“These new visitor requirements are intended as a phased approach for addressing regular visitors to campus throughout the year,” the email reads. “Please note that large-scale events may require proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test result upon entrance.”
Officials tightened the University’s residence hall guest policy last month, banning overnight guests and restricting building access from off-campus residents. The email was issued as an update to the Onward GW reopening plan that officials released last month.
Visitors can register for upcoming campus activities through a registration form on the University’s website, which includes questions related to vaccination, testing, contact tracing, contact information and the upcoming visit. They must also complete a COVID-19 symptom screening form, report their vaccination status and present recent test results if necessary, according to the email.
The email states that guests visiting public spaces, like “dining areas,” will not be subject to the requirement. Registrants for this year’s Centuries Celebration Weekend and Commencement should wait to receive further instruction regarding visitor requirements, according to the email.