This page provides information for those living and working on campus, including health and safety protocols, what’s open on campus, and essential services.
The following protocols remain in place to keep the risk of infection on our campus low. Here, you’ll find guidelines related to what will be expected of you as a member of our community, and you can also learn what MIT is doing to safeguard overall community health.
Staff, faculty, students, and visitors accessing the MIT Cambridge campus need to complete the required steps outlined in the MIT Covid Pass access management system, which may include a Covid-19 test at MIT Medical and daily health attestations. Learn more about Campus Access.
You are required to wear a face covering indoors on campus except when eating or drinking, when alone in a fully enclosed space, or when with podmates or in gatherings of fully vaccinated groups within residential buildings. This requirement is in accordance with current CDC guidance and City of Cambridge protocols and applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. MIT has lifted all Covid-era social distancing restrictions indoors except when eating indoors.
For unvaccinated individuals, wearing a face covering outdoors is required when unable to maintain 3 feet of physical distance. Face coverings are not required outdoors for vaccinated individuals.
Read the MIT PPE policy statement for full details, including exceptions.
Everyone returning to campus and using campus facilities is required to be tested for Covid-19 before entering campus buildings. The testing requirement for community members who live on campus or access campus buildings more than three days a week has been reduced from twice a week to once a week. See the Covid Apps site for the latest information on testing times at MIT Medical.
Learn more about Health & Testing.
Since Covid-19 is still a health concern, MIT continues to recommend, per CDC guidance, that members of the community wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer.
All high-touch surfaces (handrails, elevator buttons, door handles, etc.) in all common areas on campus (main corridors, main lobbies, elevators, restrooms) are cleaned and disinfected daily, Monday through Friday. High-touch surfaces in instructional spaces and bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected twice daily, Monday through Friday. Additional cleaning is conducted in the Stata student street and the Infinite Corridor throughout the day, Monday through Friday.
- All students, faculty, and staff living and/or working on campus receive routine testing for Covid-19. If an individual tests positive for Covid-19, MIT Medical conducts contact tracing and will notify both EHS and the Custodial Services team (via Marty O’Brien, senior manager of Campus Services) of any spaces on campus that might require additional cleaning. Per CDC guidance, disinfection of a space is only necessary if the individual who is sick and/or tested positive has been in that space within the previous 24 hours. In most cases, the regular cleaning of spaces has already occurred and no additional cleaning is required.
- The Office of the Associate Provost has been in communication with landlords and property managers of leased buildings occupied by MIT staff and confirms that they are maintaining health and safety protocols that are consistent with MIT’s current protocols.
MIT provides hand sanitizer and/or cleaning wipes at some locations across campus. DLCs are responsible for obtaining sanitizer and cleaning supplies for their own areas. If a wipe station in any of the central MIT locations is empty, please contact Facilities Customer Service Center to report the location at 617-253-4948. or submit a service request via Atlas.
Currently, the MIT shuttle vehicles receive a full interior cleaning by an outside company once a week. In addition, shuttle drivers clean high-touch surfaces at every shift change.
The campus has returned to normal operations with some restrictions. Most offices and service centers are open for in-person business, and many are also offering the option of virtual assistance. Check the website for offices you plan to visit to confirm hours.
To support the return to campus, commuting subsidies for benefits-eligible Cambridge employees have been increased for MBTA passes, MBTA parking, private transit, carpools, and Bluebikes. Employees also continue to have unrestricted use of the MBTA subway and local bus systems through the Access MIT pass embedded in their MIT ID. Visit the Commuter Connections site to view details.
Paid parking is in effect, and a parking account is required to access parking areas on campus (the free parking program concluded on June 30, 2021). Parkers can use the parking portal to sign up for (or confirm) a parking account. Learn more on the commuter site.
Note that MIT parking account holders can access parking on campus before completing Covid Pass requirements. If you need to get tested and complete your attestation, you can park first and then proceed with getting your test.
Most of the MBTA’s commuter train, subway, bus, and ferry services are now running on near-normal schedules. Visit the MBTA site for details.
Commuter rail and LinkPasses
In-person distribution of MBTA passes at the Atlas Service Center has resumed. Passes are distributed on the last three business days of the outgoing month and the first business day of the new month.
For details and cancellation procedures, visit the Public Transit page on the commuter site.
All MIT shuttle services have returned to normal. For details and updated shuttle schedules, visit the shuttles page on the commuter site and view real-time information on the MIT mobile app.