Jan. 3, 2023, update: With Bruins returning from winter break and gatherings, UCLA strongly recommends universal indoor masking on campus from Jan. 3 to 13 to mitigate a spike in COVID-19 cases. Testing is also strongly encouraged upon return. In addition read about the latest changes to the UC’s vaccination policy.

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Masking on campus


It is strongly recommended but not required that students, faculty, staff, visitors and others wear well-fitting face masks in indoor spaces on campus and at UCLA facilities.

Masking, however, remains mandatory in the following facilities and situations:

All UCLA health care settings

This applies to spaces occupied by the Arthur Ashe Health & Wellness Center, the David Geffen School of Medicine and the School of Dentistry, as well as clinical and patient care settings in the following facilities:

  • Community Health Sciences building
  • Factor Health Sciences building
  • Gonda (Goldschmied) Neuroscience and Genetics Research Center
  • MacDonald Medical Research Laboratories building

Isolation and quarantine exemptions

Per UCLA’s isolation and quarantine protocol and LACDPH orders, if you have been in close contact with an infected person but are asymptomatic, you do not need to quarantine — but you must wear a highly protective mask around other people until 10 days have passed since your initial exposure. If you are isolating, you must wear a mask if you will be around others, including those you live with.

Travel and public transit

Masks are strongly recommended by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on public transportation and at transportation hubs.


Masks are optional outdoors but are recommended when in large crowds or at events where physical distancing is not feasible.

Well-fitting masks recommended for use by students and employees:

  • Medical-grade surgical masks
  • KN95s
  • KF94s
  • N95s or other respirators approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

For more on masks and respirators, including how to properly wear them, visit the CDC’s mask page and the LACDPH’s mask page.

Where to get masks on campus

The following locations currently provide free masks to students and employees:

Can I change requirements in my classroom or department?

Faculty, staff and students are are not permitted to create masking requirements for offices, classrooms or other campus spaces that deviate from current UCLA protocols. These protocols need to be applied consistently and equitably across all campus entities.

Those seeking mask accommodations

Students, faculty or staff who are seeking a COVID-19–related accommodation due to a medical condition that either requires them to wear a mask or precludes them from wearing one should consult with the following:

Recommended COVID-19 resources

For journalists

UCLA faculty members are available for interviews with news media on a wide range of topics related to COVID-19, including public health and epidemiology, virology and vaccines, mental health, education, law, politics and the economy.

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