Here’s what’s reopened on campus — with safety guidelines still in place

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Editor's Note: The information published in this story is accurate at the time of publication. Always refer to uab.edu/uabunited for UAB's current guidelines and recommendations relating to COVID-19.

COVID cases among UAB students, faculty and staff recently hit the lowest point since late summer and remain low. Remaining vigilant will enable UAB move closer to a normal campus life sooner rather than later, including plans to return to in-person commencement ceremonies this spring. Some campus locations that were closed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have reopened with safety precautions in place. Read more to learn where you can see art, buy UAB merch, dine in and work out on campus — all while staying safe and healthy.

UAB Libraries

UAB Libraries

UAB Libraries' buildings are open to employees and students with a Blazer ID. A cleared GuideSafe™ Event Passport is required for check-in at the front desk, and visitors must wear a mask and use designated paths of traffic to navigate the library. Find more guidelines online.

The Reynolds-Finley Historical Library is open to the UAB community by appointment only. For additional information, see the Reynolds-Finley Remote Access Guide or contact themPhoto: LEXI COON / University Relations

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation

UAB Campus Rec is open with modified operations. The main workout areas, Aquatics Center, Climbing Wall and Rental Center are open, some with appointments required; other areas remain closed, such as the Wet Classroom, spa and men’s and women’s locker rooms. Safety protocols are in place and other guidelines must be followed; read them online. Photo: ANDREA MABRY / University Relations

Dining facilities

Dining facilities

The Commons on the Green and Mein Bowl and Panera Bread in the Hill Student Center are open for dining with precautions of one guest per table and required masking when not actively eating or drinking. Read more online. Photo: SAMANTHA KHEIM / Campus Dining

UAB Bookstore

UAB Bookstore

The UAB Bookstore is open and implementing social distancing, rigorous cleaning protocols, contactless payments and more to keep customers safe. Online shipping and curbside pickup also are available; learn more online. Photo: STEVE WOOD / University Relations
Solar House

Solar House

UAB Sustainability’s Solar House, located at the corner of 11th Avenue South and 17th Street, is open through May 30 by appointment only to view art exhibition “Work from Home,” created by faculty and staff in the Department of Art and Art History. Photo: CHRIS MCCAULEY / College of Arts and Sciences

UAB Athletics events

UAB Athletics events

Athletic events at Bartow Arena, BBVA Field, Regions Field and Mary Bowers Field accommodate fans with social distancing measures in place. Athletic events at the Birmingham Crossplex and beach volleyball courts still remain closed to spectators. Visit uabsports.com for updated information. Photo: LEXI COON / University Relations

Spring 2021 commencement

Spring 2021 commencement

Spring commencement ceremonies will be held in Legion Field with social distancing measures enforced. There is no guest limit, and parking is free. The graduate ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. April 30 and undergraduate ceremonies will be held 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. May 1. Visit uab.edu/commencement to learn more and apply to graduate and walk. Photo: STEVE WOOD / University Relations



united sign focus box 2Remember UAB’s current visitor policies

No visitors are allowed in UAB residence halls, and COVID-19 safety guidelines for UAB Medicine visitors are still in place. Check UAB United for continued safety updates.

UAB’s safety requirements — including masks and social distancing  — apply regardless of vaccine status, and all Blazers should continue to complete Healthcheck daily and report any symptoms. You can report non-compliance with safety precautions through the UAB Ethics Hotline.