Travel Guidance

Effective March 10 through May 1, 2020

UW School of Public Health continues to play an important role in the effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Puget Sound region. Many people in our community are providing expertise and assistance in the public health arena to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and others are providing critical clinical care. We have already asked all employees to maximize social distancing per the recommendations of Public Health – Seattle & King County and we believe it is our job as public health professionals to set the best example for implementing public health measures to reduce ongoing virus spread.

To that end, UW School of Public Health has decided to restrict all work-related travel for all employees between March 10, 2020, through May 1, 2020. This includes all travel for conferences and meetings related to professional membership societies/associations and meetings or gatherings related to grants.

Exceptions to this work-related travel restriction will be rare and must be supported and proposed by your Department Chair for approval by Vice Dean Baeten. Appeals for exceptions will be determined by Dean Godwin.

For that same timeframe, we strongly encourage all employees to reconsider invitations for non-UW individuals to visit UW School of Public Health, including invites for interviews, speaking engagements, and other meetings and gatherings. Please consider using zoom or other virtual modalities as an alternative to in-person activities.

Finally, we encourage you to carefully consider any personal travel outside of the Puget Sound region through May 1, 2020. We strive to keep our workforce healthy and safe so that we can provide a consistent high-quality level of service to our students and our community. We also appreciate the impact and disruption this has on our community and all of us as we work to support one another.

As a reminder, on February 27, 2020 the University of Washington issued international travel guidelines for all faculty, staff and students. Consistent with UW Medicine, the UW School of Public Health is expanding on these guidelines with the new restrictions and recommendations listed above. Updated guidance for the UW community regarding travel can be found here.

(Updated April 1, 2020, to extend travel restrictions through May 1, 2020)