May 2, 2021

Following new policies announced by the City of Cambridge, MIT has relaxed its requirements on the wearing of face coverings outdoors and will soon increase its outdoor space capacity limit.

Effective immediately, masks or face coverings will not be required outside in public spaces so long as individuals are able to maintain six feet of distance from others. Masks or face coverings may only be removed outside when safe distancing is possible.

Face coverings remain required at MIT in laboratories and in common areas of office suites and residential buildings with two or more units, including dormitories. Employees may remove face coverings only when working alone in an individual office with a door closed or when working alone in an office suite with no other individuals present. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

Note that temporary removal of face coverings continues to be permitted while eating or drinking when seated indoors or outside so long as a distance of at least eight feet from others is maintained at all times. Food and drink should not be shared, and indoor dining time should be limited to 10-15 minutes.

Effective May 6, MIT will increase its outdoor space capacity limit to 150 people in certain campus spaces.