On Nov. 4, 2021, a new UCLA protocol went into effect — aligned with state and county health officer orders and a city of Los Angeles ordinance — covering the entry of patrons to restaurants and certain public venues and facilities on campus. See the full list of campus venues and restaurants currently covered by the protocol.

Each venue will have designated and trained staff during each shift who will verify the clearance of patrons based on the clearance verification requirements listed below.

Venues and facilities

The protocol covers gyms, fitness centers, theaters, performance venues, galleries, museums, arcades and certain other facilities on campus. Anyone 18 and older who enters these locations will be required to show either proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours.


Under the protocol, patrons over the age of 12 must be fully vaccinated to dine indoors at campus restaurants, coffee shops and cafes. Unvaccinated patrons with approved exceptions and proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours will be able to dine outdoors; they will also be allowed to dine indoors if inclement weather prevents them from eating outside. Unvaccinated individuals may also enter a restaurant’s indoor premises for a brief period to order and depart with to-go food, or to use the restroom, provided they wear a mask at all times.

Please note: The new protocol does not apply to UCLA’s residential dining halls, as they are currently only accessible to on-campus residential meal plan holders.

Verifying the clearance of students, faculty and staff

UCLA students, faculty and staff can use their Events & Venues Clearance Certificate — obtained through the UCLA Mobile app — to enter any venue, facility or restaurant covered by the protocol.

This digital certificate shows that you have completed the Symptom Monitoring Survey for that day and that you have either (1) been fully vaccinated or (2) have an approved vaccine exception and have tested negative for COVID-19 within the past 72 hours. (Remember that to enter any of these venues over the weekend, you must submit your campus COVID-19 test no later than 11 a.m. on Thursday.)

The UCLA Mobile app is downloadable through the App Store and the Google Play Store and offers convenient access to the Symptom Monitoring and Vaccination Verification System, the COVID-19 Clearance Portal and the Events & Venues Clearance Certificate.

Please note: Currently, the email version of the Symptom Monitoring Survey clearance will not clear you for access to the venues and facilities specifically covered by this protocol. You must obtain the Events & Venues Clearance Certificate through the UCLA Mobile app or follow the same clearance guidelines listed below for non-UCLA visitors.

UCLA Health employees: Health staff — because they do not have access to the Events & Venue Clearance Certificate — may use their COVID-19 Badge Buddy to enter campus venues covered by the protocol.

Verifying the clearance of non-UCLA visitors

Members of the public coming to campus venues, facilities or restaurants covered by the protocol who are 18 or older will need to present a photo ID (driver’s license, passport, government ID, or school or work ID card) and either of the following:

  • Proof of vaccination
    Acceptable proof includes a vaccination card or a photo of the front and back of the card; an official digital record of the vaccination; or documentation from a health care provider.
  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test plus verbal attestation of an exception
    Individuals must show documentation of a negative test result within the previous 72 hours from a test provider or lab (either printed or on a smartphone) that includes the person’s name, the date of the test and the type of test (PCR and antigen tests are acceptable).

    In addition, they must verbally respond to the questions in Appendix B of the protocol (PDF), attesting that they have a medical or religious reason that prevents them from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Each venue will have hard copies of the self-attestation document available to show or read to patrons.

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