Merced County's current status is:
Fall 2022 Semester
If you plan to visit campus for any reason, even if as an invited guest, please check with your campus contact for any special considerations or precautions for your visit. Also, take the time to familiarize yourself with the following general guidelines.
If you feel sick, stay home. Visitors may not enter University facilities if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or feel unwell. Students, staff, and faculty will submit Health Screening Questionnaire if they are sick - see more details below.
Face Coverings: CDC Community Transmission Status
High Transmission Level for Merced County
- All indoor activities will require face coverings for students, employees and guests.
Medium Transmission Level for Merced County
- Indoor classroom and instructional activities require face coverings.
- Instructors engaged in teaching.
- Students, faculty and staff who must remove face coverings during indoor performing arts rehearsals may continue to do so. Face coverings must be worn in indoor rehearsal spaces when not practicing, rehearsing or performing.
Low Transmission Level for Merced County
- Face coverings are not required but are strongly encouraged.
Face coverings are required regardless of CDC Transmission Status for the following situations:
- Cat Tracks and Public Transportation
- Early Childhood and Education Center (ECEC)
- Student Health Services, Counseling Services and Occupational Health will continue to follow face covering guidance for healthcare settings.
When face coverings are required, the following are exempt situations:
- In an enclosed private space (such as an occupant’s private office with door closed or an individual’s dorm room)
- Showering, washing their face or brushing their teeth in a residence hall or other UC Merced facility with common bathroom facilities
- While eating or drinking
- Engaged in indoor, approved intercollegiate athletic activities (while physically practicing or playing), where wearing a face covering could inhibit their ability to breathe, provided they observe other appropriate mitigation measures
- Children under age 2
- Persons with a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering
- Anyone performing a specific task that cannot feasibly be performed with a face covering. This exception is limited to the time period in which such tasks are actually being performed