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Public Transportation, Blazer Express & Parking

When parking in a lot or deck, be aware of those around you. Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others when leaving or returning to your car. Always wear a mask when on campus. Avoid touching your face. Wash your hands or sanitize as soon as you get to your destination.

Working in Office Environments

While there is variation in office environments, the following general guidance should be followed:

  • Maintain at least 6 feet distance from co-workers. If possible, have at least one workspace separating you from a co-worker. Wear a face mask or face covering at all times while in a shared workspace/room.
  • Some activities may require personnel to work within 6 feet of others. Every effort must be explored to find alternatives, and it is critical to keep the length of these interactions to a minimum.
  • Place one-way directional signage for large open workspaces with multiple through ways to increase distance between employees moving through the space.
  • Consider designating specific stairways for up or down traffic if your building allows.
  • Place floor decals, colored tape or signs to indicate to customers/clients/co-workers/patients where they should stand while waiting in line.
  • Do not use communal water fountains.

Reception Areas/Waiting Rooms

  • Place floor decals, colored tape or signs to indicate to customers/clients/patients where they should stand while waiting in line.
  • Employees in reception areas and managing waiting rooms should always wear a mask/face covering.
  • Plan traffic flow to allow for social distancing and minimize time in reception/waiting areas.
  • Remove chairs and rearrange furniture to allow for social distancing.
  • Redesign procedures to reduce touching the same objects (e.g., pens, intake forms, sign-up sheets, etc.).
  • Design methods to distance receptionists from customers/clients/patients (e.g., plexiglass shields).
  • Remove shared objects in reception/waiting room areas (e.g., magazines).

Private Offices

  • Keep doors closed to reduce contact with others and maintain social distancing.
  • Meetings should be held remotely whenever possible and in spaces that allow for social distancing.
  • Maintain personal hygiene practices in private offices.


  • Classrooms are not in use during most of the Modified Business Operations/Yellow phase. Toward the end of the Modified Business Operations/Yellow phase, classrooms may be utilized but not until further guidance is developed.

Research and Labs

While there are a variety of research environments, there are some general guidelines to consider that are particular to this function:

  • Follow these guidelines for human subjects research.
  • Coordinate operational plans with other labs on the same floor to coordinate use of common areas and density.
  • Time should be left between shifts of lab personnel to provide for disinfection procedures and reduce density.
  • Data analysis, writing, lab administration should be completed remotely.
  • Only UAB personnel are permitted in administrative or research areas, except for deliveries and study participants.

Additional guidance for research can be found HERE.


Use of restrooms should be limited based on size to ensure at least 6 feet between individuals. Wash your hands thoroughly afterward to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.


Unless otherwise indicated by signage, no more than two persons may enter an elevator at a time, so please use the stairs when possible. If you are using an elevator, wear your mask/face covering and avoid touching the elevator button with your exposed hand/fingers. Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer upon departing the elevator.

Meetings and Communication

Where possible, meetings and other communications should be held in whole or part using technology (telephone, Zoom, Google hangouts, Microsoft Teams, etc.). In-person meetings should be able to maintain the 6-feet social distancing guideline. Remove or rearrange the furniture to support social distancing.

Meals and Catering

Before and after eating, you should wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the potential transmission of the virus. If food or drink is provided, it should be in individual containers with separate utensils for each person.

If dining on campus, you should wear your mask/face covering until you are ready to eat and then replace it afterward. Eating establishments must meet requirements to allow at least 6 feet of distance between each customer including lines and seating arrangements. Staff are encouraged to take food back to their office area or eat outside if possible.

If you are eating in your work environment (break room, office, etc.), maintain 6 feet between you and others. Individuals should not face each other, and only remove your mask/face covering in order to eat and then put it back on. Remove chairs/tables in break areas to support social distancing practices. Wipe all surfaces, including table, refrigerator handle, coffee machine, etc. after using common areas.

External Locations

Students, faculty and staff must follow UAB guidelines as a minimum for returning to campus even if their work is being done in an external location (e.g., clinical sites, research cores at other facilities). They must also follow the personal hygiene recommendations. Students, faculty and staff must abide by any additional guidelines/restrictions of the external location.