Cases of COVID-19 are increasing in the state of Vermont. During the fall, this page will provide the Middlebury community with the most up-to-date information about current requirements on campus. For a report on active cases on campus, please visit the COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard.

Activity/Service Current Status Date and Time Updated

Athletic Facilities

The athletic facilities are open to students and active employees who are in compliance with Middlebury College COVID-19 policies, including its vaccination policy. The athletic facilities are reserved for student use only Monday–Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Use of the facilities is by identification card access only. Please see Facility Hours & Information.

The Ralph Myhre Golf Course and the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) are open to the public.

All visitors attending home games at any athletics venue must comply with the Middlebury Athletics spectator policy.

October 18, 2021 10:20 a.m.

Building Access and Capacities

Public and shared spaces, such as residence hall lounges and hallways, are operating at full capacity.

Through the arrival period, all residence halls will be open to all students from the hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. After 9 p.m., card access will be to students’ own residence halls only. We will reevaluate this after the arrival period.

September 10, 2021 9:30 a.m.

Classes and Research

In-person classes are permitted. All faculty and students are required to wear well-fitted face coverings indoors.

August 25, 2021 12:15 p.m.


Dining will be a combination of grab-and-go and in-person dining until further notice. Faculty, staff, and students should eat outdoors as much as possible. Students in quarantine while waiting for test results may pick up meals at the dining halls, but should avoid interacting with others in person during transit and while eating.

August 25, 2021 12:15 p.m.

Face Coverings


Well-fitted face coverings are required indoors at all campus locations for all individuals (unvaccinated and vaccinated), except as noted below:
- Alone in a private space or work area.
- Alone in your dorm room, alone in your room with your roommate(s) or suitemate(s), alone with individuals with whom you have regular and frequent close contacts (e.g., your close friends), or alone with your intimate partner.
- When eating or drinking, or attending to personal hygiene needs in the bathroom.

Face coverings should also be worn indoors in public spaces in all off-campus locations, except as noted above.


Well-fitted face coverings are encouraged outdoors when in groups where distance cannot be maintained and/or where sustained or prolonged close contact with others is unavoidable. Face coverings may be required for larger outdoor events and/or for unvaccinated individuals, depending on the activity. Individuals should carry face coverings in the event they are required to wear them.

Individuals may choose to wear face coverings at other times as well.

October 4, 2021 9:55 a.m.

Gatherings and Events

College-sponsored events require approval by Event Management and all COVID-19-related protocols must be followed. Student-related events are prioritized, and there are restrictions on the types of events that can be scheduled. 

For planning purposes, organizers should consider mitigation strategies such as scheduling meetings and gatherings outdoors or remotely as much as possible. Please see the Event Management webpage for additional guidance.

Registered parties are not permitted at this time.

October 1, 2021 9:38  a.m.


Open to all faculty, staff, and students only. Check the schedule for hours.

August 25, 2021 12:15 p.m.

Physical Distancing

In accordance with current CDC guidance, we do not have a required physical distancing policy at this time. Vaccination and indoor masking remain our primary mitigation measures. Wherever and whenever possible, maintaining physical distancing is a best practice, but is not required.

September 1, 2021 10:00 a.m.


There is no campus-wide quarantine.

Quarantine applies to individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 through close contact with an infected individual to limit their contact with others while it is determined whether they have COVID-19. All students and employees must comply with the College’s quarantine requirements.

September 16, 2021 3:50 p.m.

Student Employment, Volunteer Work, and Community Engagement

Fully vaccinated students, or those with a documented religious or medical exemption, may work or volunteer on or off campus. Student teaching that involves children under the age of 12 is permitted as long as it is part of an academic program. However, all other activities or work involving children under the age of 12 is not permitted at this time. 

Students are required to follow all applicable COVID-19-related requirements.

August 25, 2021 12:15 p.m.


Required symptomatic testing:

Students with symptoms must quarantine in their rooms and arrange for a test by contacting Health Services, if during business hours, at 802-443-3290.

Students experiencing symptoms after business hours must quarantine in their rooms, contact MiddTelehealth, and then call Health Services on the next business day to schedule testing.

All students experiencing symptoms must remain in room quarantine until they receive a negative test result. Students who test positive must isolate and follow instructions from the Health Center.

Employees who have symptoms should remain at home and contact their healthcare provider for guidance. These employees must remain off campus until they are cleared by their healthcare provider. 

Required testing for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students without symptoms:

Weekly testing is required for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students, including those with exemptions. Sign up for a testing appointment here.

This requirement does not apply to students who have recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 90 days and have received clearance from Health Services.

Required testing for fully vaccinated individuals with a known exposure but no symptoms:

Fully vaccinated people who have been identified as a close contact (having a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19) must do the following:     

  • Get tested five to seven days following the exposure. Students must contact Health Services to access testing. Employees must arrange for their own testing. Please see this announcement for information on testing opportunities.
  • Wear a face covering in public indoor settings and monitor for the onset of symptoms for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.

Recommended testing:

Individuals should avoid activities that put them at higher risk for exposure, regardless of vaccination status. Testing is recommended for those who have engaged in higher-risk activities such as ​travel, attending large gatherings, or spending time in crowded or poorly ventilated indoor settings.

A limited number of test slots will be available for asymptomatic students each week for these or other circumstances. Students may make appointments using this calendar

Targeted dynamic testing:

The CDC advises that fully vaccinated people with no COVID-19-like symptoms​ and no known exposures should be exempted from routine screening testing programs. Currently, we conduct limited testing for asymptomatic students as required for such activities as travel and athletic competition.


November 10, 2021 5:23 p.m.


Employees and students must follow Vermont and CDC requirements for domestic and international travel. 

Institutional travel (i.e., College-funded travel) remains by prior approval from division vice presidents or their designees only and is limited.

For international travel guidance, visit the Travel and Transportation webpage.

NOTE: Individuals may continue to travel off campus but they should wear face coverings indoors in locations that are open to the public, and outdoors when in groups where distance cannot be maintained and/or where sustained or prolonged close contact with others is unavoidable.

September 21, 2021 9:00 a.m.


Campus remains closed to the general public.

Guests of students are not allowed at this time.

Visitors are allowed on campus with departmental permission for approved events and programs. Visitors must be fully vaccinated or have a valid medical or religious exemption and should be prepared to show proof of vaccination or certify that they have a valid medical or religious exemption. Visitors may not come to campus if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to arrival, or they are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms.

All visitors must also wear face coverings indoors and are encouraged to wear face coverings outdoors when in groups where distance cannot be maintained and/or where sustained or prolonged close contact with others is unavoidable. Face coverings may be required for larger outdoor events and/or for unvaccinated individuals, depending on the activity. Visitors should carry face coverings in the event they are required to wear them.

Approved vendors are permitted on campus and are subject to the same vaccination, face covering, and health and safety protocols.

Please also see the full text of the visitor policy in the Fall 2021 Campus Guide.

September 30, 2021 5:33 p.m.