Last updated: December 2, 2022

Events are allowed and welcomed on and off campus. All Covid-era event restrictions are lifted: there are no capacity limits, food service constraints, contact tracing requirements, or masking rules.

Event organizers may choose to make masks and hand sanitizer available onsite or to offer pre-boxed food (rather than a buffet or plated meal); however, organizers may not impose event restrictions that are more stringent than MIT’s policies.

Events taking place in buildings open to the public require no visitor passes for door entry. For events between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m in MIT buildings not open to the public, or taking place on weekends or holidays, the Tim Tickets system may be used to invite multiple guests to register for a visitor ID. You may personally escort and take responsibility for a small number of guests (approximately 6) without using Tim Tickets.

For current building access details, including maps showing which doors are open to the public and which require ID to enter, visit the Building Access page on the Information Systems and Technology website. Information about using the Tim Tickets system is in the Knowledge Base.


Campus visitors and attendees of MIT-sponsored events are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated and boosted, unless they have a religious or medical exemption.

General policies

Events must follow Institute rules and protocols. Please note that:

  • Face coverings are optional for all attendees of indoor events.
  • Food and drinks are allowed – and may be provided and consumed – at MIT-sponsored events and meetings, including gatherings held on and off campus. For more information about food and drinks at MIT-sponsored events and programs, see the guidance on eating indoors.
  • Children under 12 years of age may visit MIT’s campus and attend MIT events but must be either accompanied by a parent or guardian or participating in a registered MIT K-12 program. Please see MIT’s policies on K-12 students and programs for more details on programs and events involving minors.

Events must also follow pre-Covid event requirements, including any registration requirements. Events held in specific spaces (residence halls, CAC-managed, Samberg, etc.) or by certain groups (FSILGs, student organizations) may be subject to additional rules or requirements. Please check with the appropriate entity to determine what other rules may apply.

Events organized by external groups must follow MIT Policies and Procedures and be sponsored by recognized student groups or faculty and staff with departmental approval.

Additional resources

If you have questions about events or any other Covid-related policies, please email