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Returning to Campus in Fall: Tell us your ideas, concerns or questions about in-person activities on campus.

Helping You Plan In-Person Activities at UC Davis

The guidance on this page will be updated as new guidelines are available from the state, county and campus. Event hosts should check this page regularly. The last revision to the guidance was made on May 5, 2021.

As infection rates decline and UC Davis begins the process of resuming in-person activities, we want to provide clear guidance on how to meet with others on campus.

We are providing guidance to students, employees and visitors for how state and county guidelines will be enacted on campus. Some activities are governed by specific industry documents and guidelines. Please do your best to follow along with updates and be patient with each other as we all continue to adjust to ongoing changes.

As an employer, UC Davis is governed by supplemental public health guidance from CalOSHA that requires us to maintain healthy worksites for our employees. As such, our guidance for events and gatherings may be more restrictive than the state guidelines.

Effective April 15, 2021 On and Off-campus Events (Meetings, Trainings, Conferences) Gatherings, Social/Informal*
Indoors Permitted for business related activities by UC Davis departments or units only, with restrictions Strongly discouraged, but permitted with restrictions for university and non-university business
Outdoors Permitted for business related activities by UC Davis departments or units only, with restrictions Permitted, with restrictions for university and non-university business

*These restrictions apply to private gatherings for students living off-campus.

Timeline to Expanding Allowable Activities

At this time, UC Davis is only providing guidance for in-person activities for the spring quarter and is limiting permissible activities to business related activities for UC Davis departments. As long as guidance allows, we will expand on-campus reservations to registered student organizations and external groups starting June 16, 2021. Please note that space will continue to be limited based on available campus resources and subject to campus and Yolo County Public Health guidelines.  

On and Off-campus Events Guidance for Meetings, Training and Conferences

On and off-campus events are now permissible for UC Davis departments to host meetings, training and conferences. It is the responsibility of the UC Davis department sponsoring and/or hosting the event to comply with the requirements listed below. 

Any events that can be hosted remotely are strongly encouraged to do so. Business-related events should only be conducted when the purpose is best served by an in-person engagement.

Limited indoor and outdoor campus spaces will be available for reservation during spring quarter. Classroom spaces will be available to reserve starting on June 16, 2021 for events/activities that are held after Monday, September 13, 2021. Departments may choose to meet in their own spaces as long they follow the guidelines, including sanitization.

Event Requirements:

  • Attendees must comply with the Daily Symptom Survey and COVID-19 Testing requirements.
  • Indoor Capacity: Max of 150 people while maintaining minimum six foot physical distancing.
    • All campus affiliates are required to be tested and show an approved status for the Daily Symptom Survey.
    • Non affiliates must show proof of a negative test within past 72 hours or full vaccination status. Testing or vaccination status for non affiliates must be verified prior to entering the event; however, verification documents or status should not be collected or retained by the event staff.
  • Outdoor Capacity: Maximum 300 people while maintaining minimum six foot physical distancing.
    • All campus affiliates are required to be tested and show an approved status for the Daily Symptom Survey.
    • Non affiliates must show proof of a negative test within past 72 hours or full vaccination status. Testing or vaccination status for non affiliates must be verified prior to entering the event; however, verification documents or status should not be collected or retained by the event staff.
  • Events require purchased tickets or a defined attendee list.
  • Entry and exit should be tightly controlled to prevent concentrations of people at entry and exit.
  • Assigned seating is required to control mixing.
  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet between people from different households.
  • Attendees must wear face coverings at all times unless actively eating and/or drinking. Guests who do not comply should be removed from the event immediately. Allow for exemptions identified in the CDPH Face Covering Guidance.
  • If buffet style dining or bar service is provided, food and drink must be served to guests (no self-service) and all guests must maintain physical distancing and face coverings. Event attendees and workers are only permitted to eat and drink at designated areas. Potluck style food service is prohibited.
  • Hosts must allow for at least two hours between events to prevent mixing across attendees

Gatherings (Social/Informal) Guidance

On and off-campus gatherings are now permissible for UC Davis departments and must follow the guidelines below. These restrictions also apply to private (non-University business) gatherings for students living off-campus.

  • Indoor Capacity: Max 25% of seated capacity in setting where capacity limits exist, or 25 people, whichever is fewer. Must at all times remain at least 6 feet apart.
  • Outdoor Capacity: Maximum 50 people, with enough space to allow attendees to remain at least 6 feet apart at all times from those not in their household.
  • Wear a face covering at all times in accordance with the CDPH Guidance on the Use of Face Coverings, unless an exemption is applicable, such as actively eating or drinking.
  • Practice healthy hygiene habits with frequent hand washing and not sharing items.
  • Food and drink should be limited to outdoors. Food and drink indoors is strongly discouraged.
  • Do not attend any gathering if you have symptoms of illness or are at high-risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19.

Live Events and Performances

At this time, indoor and outdoor live events and performances are not permitted without special permission by university leadership. If you have questions please contact campusready@ucdavis.edu.

Other Permitted Activities

Some activities are governed by specific industry documents and guidelines. According to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, there are categories that address specific allowable activities related to campus such as Gyms and Fitness Center. In addition the NCAA has issued guidance for team practices and sporting events.