COVID-19: Apr. 14, 2020: Updates on Travel & Masks for On-Campus Students

Tuesday April 14, 2020


Dear GW Residential Students:

As a student approved to stay through the virtual learning period, we have committed to providing you with additional information as it becomes available related to your health and safety during the ever-evolving response to COVID-19.  Please read the following two updates carefully and if you have any questions please let us know.


The District of Columbia is currently under a stay-at-home order, which includes limiting non-essential travel.  As a result of that order, the university is requesting that you do not engage in any travel outside of the DMV area.  We are making this request in order to protect your health. If you absolutely must travel outside of the DMV area, email [email protected] so that GW can advise you of any additional steps that you may need to take upon your return to campus so that we do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community. Those steps may include self-quarantining in a room, taking your temperature twice a day, and checking in with our Student Medical Services staff daily for 14 days.


On Monday, in your self-check-in, you may have noticed that you can request 2 masks for your personal use. If you missed checking that box on Monday, you can check the box on Wednesday if you would like to request a face mask at no charge to you from the university.

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Additionally, on April 9 the District of Columbia implemented new requirements for when you do go outside, including instructions to wear face masks in grocery stores.

The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. The CDC has issued guidance on how to make your own covering at home. Find various sew and no-sew instructions here.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N95 respirators, which are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

D.C. Mayor's Order: Social Distancing Protocol for Food Sellers

  • Instructs customers to wear face masks
  • Limits the number of shoppers allowed in
  • Requires social distancing and disinfection protocols 
  • Encourages the use of online and curbside shopping


Thank you for your continued assistance in keeping each other and our community safe.

Thank you,
Seth Weinshel and Stewart Robinette
Campus Living and Residential Education

Scott Burnotes
Division of Safety and Security

Dr. Isabel Goldenberg
Colonial Health Center