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Guidelines for On-Campus Events

Updated April 21, 2022

Please note that these guidelines, which are aligned with local public health orders and requirements, are subject to change based on updates to local public health requirements, government regulations, and the Institute's protocols and policies.

Until further notice, indoor social events on campus that bring together more than 50 people should be postponed where possible. Anyone planning such an event should consult with their division chair or administrative vice president to determine whether alternate plans or modifications can be made to enhance health and safety measures. This pause in activity is aimed at scaling back high risk social engagements; it does not apply to lectures, performances, or other official events held in campus event spaces such as the Institute's main auditoriums or Athenaeum where additional health and safety protocols are in place. We will be monitoring campus testing data and case activity and will update the community on any changes to health and safety measures based on that data.

Consistent with the Institute's vaccination policy for all students and employees, all attendees at events on campus must be able to provide proof of their fully vaccinated and boosted status, if they are eligible for a booster dose or more than 30 days post becoming eligible; or have proof of a negative viral test result from within 72 hours prior to the event. Acceptable viral tests include a PCR test or a proctored antigen test. (Please note: The timeframe for acceptable viral test results is subject to public health requirements and may change in accordance with those rules and regulations.)

Individuals who are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine (ages 4 and younger) are not required to show proof of vaccination or provide pre-entry testing results.

Vaccination status does not need to be confirmed at the entry for events or gatherings that are restricted to current members of the Caltech community and their families. Participating family members age 5 and older must be fully vaccinated, and if eligible, boosted. Events that are open to other guests will require proof of vaccination and booster or recent negative viral test result.