Visitor Policy


To mitigate the risks of transmission of COVID-19 in our community, Emory is committed to maintaining safety and health protocols across its campuses. Visitors accessing campus are expected to align with these policies, principles, and objectives.

The most powerful and effective mitigation action against COVID-19 is vaccination. Emory University requires all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated for fall 2021. Any campus member unvaccinated will be required to conduct weekly COVID-19 screening testing.

Unvaccinated people remain at high risk for contracting COVID-19 and should continue to practice physical distancing, wear a mask when interacting with others, and limit participation in gatherings.

Definition of Visitor

Visitors, in general, are not active members of Emory’s faculty, staff, or student populations.

Emory University COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines

Effective July 1, general campus-wide visitor restrictions are lifted. Visitors are welcome to access campus; however, certain public-facing spaces may enforce additional restrictions or limitations including reduced services, scheduled appointments, or other measures. Please visit the websites for these spaces for further information and instructions.

Visitors are still asked to comply with the following COVID-19 protocols when on campus:

  • Visitors must adhere to all current and applicable Emory COVID-19 health and safety protocols at the time of their visit, including face covering requirements, symptom checking, and recommended hygiene practices.
  • No visitor is allowed on Emory’s campus if infected with COVID-19 or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms at the time of their visit. Accessing campus shall indicate agreement to follow all campus safety protocols.
  • While visitors are now allowed, some buildings or spaces across the university may restrict or limit access for visitors.
  • Visitors who refuse to or cannot comply with campus protocols will be required to leave campus.

Visitors are asked to review current campus COVID-19 policies and protocols or the COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines below prior to their visit.

Staying Safe

Emory supports healthy and safe experiences for its campus community through modified operations and implementation of policies in recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic.  To support this safe and healthy environment, all visitors, vendors, suppliers, service providers, and anyone else accessing campus are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

For more information about obtaining a free COVID-19 vaccine, you can visit Vaccines.gov, the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, or contact your state health department to find additional vaccination locations in your area.  Additionally, members of the general public can schedule a vaccine appointment through Emory Healthcare here. If you are still deliberating or concerned about getting the vaccine, Emory Healthcare addresses vaccine questions and concerns through an online video series.  

Before, During, and After Campus Visits

To mitigate the risks of transmission of COVID-19 in our community, Emory is committed to maintaining safety and health protocols across its campuses. Visitors accessing campus are expected to align with the following policies, principles, and guidelines:

  • Agree to abide by all federal, state, local, and Emory University mandates, policies, protocols, and procedures related to COVID-19, including all required training and testing.
  • No persons are allowed to be on Emory’s campus or in an Emory facility if they display or have experienced any of these symptoms, or others, as outlined by the CDC:

    Fever, chills, or cough
    Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    Fatigue, muscle, or body aches
    Headache
    New loss of taste or smell
    Sore throat
    Congestion or runny nose
    Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • No persons are allowed on Emory’s campus or in an Emory facility if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days or required to quarantined based on CDC guidelines.
  • In the event that a visitor or any supplier’s personnel, who is or has been present or performing services on Emory property, tests positive for COVID-19 within 2 days of being on Emory property, then visitor or supplier shall: (a) immediately notify Emory at the number listed below; (b) take immediate action to isolate such person and follow applicable quarantine procedures for personnel who may have come in contact with the person testing positive for COVID-19 and direct them not to come to Emory’s campus or a facility; (c) and assist Emory in identifying any other persons on Emory property who may have come in contact with such person. Emory will clean and disinfect all areas any infected person may have contacted on Emory property.

    NOTE: If this situation arises in the context of a construction contract, the supplier shall also notify the appropriate project manager.

    COVID-19 Contact Tracing Line: 404-727-6190
  • Everyone should check their temperature daily, prior to visiting Emory’s campus or an Emory facility for any reason and should not come to Emory’s campus or facility if they have a temperature greater than 100F.
  • All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a face covering (mask) at all times when in indoor common and public spaces on campus; unvaccinated visitors are advised to wear a face covering outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Visitors should frequently wash or sanitize their hands prior, during, and after providing necessary services on Emory’s campus or at an Emory facility.
  • All suppliers shall supply PPE and disinfectant solution to personnel coming to campus in sufficient quantities to comply with these requirements.

Additional Expectations

Supplier personnel must be made aware of the following best practices:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable cloth when coughing/sneezing and dispose of the tissue after each use.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Limit the use of shared tools and equipment.
  • Disinfect shared tools and equipment after each use.