Visitors to Campus

Updated October 6, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Bates to make major changes to its visitor policies while sustaining our goal of being open to our neighbors.

Visitors, including family members of a student, may not enter any building on campus, except under particular conditions as outlined below. When outdoors, unvaccinated visitors, including children, must be masked.

College-Sponsored Musical Performances, Theater and Dance Productions, and Art Exhibits Guests: College-sponsored indoor performances, productions, and exhibits are open to masked Bates students, faculty, and staff with a valid Bates ID. Non-Bates guests may also attend, but must show proof of being fully vaccinated at the door (digital image or hard copy of vaccine card, indicating final vaccination completed at least 14 days prior) in order to access the venue and must remain masked at all times while inside. Children who are not vaccinated will not be permitted to enter any building. The event host will provide a staff member to check for proof of vaccination for non-Bates guests. Guests unable to provide proof of being fully vaccinated will not be permitted to enter the venue. 

Those students, faculty, and staff actively participating in the performance (i.e. on the stage) may be unmasked while participating in the performance, but will remain masked at all other times (i.e. off-stage, between sets). For those productions involving singing, brass and/or woodwind instruments, there should be at least 12 feet between the front of the stage and where people are seated, which may result in some rows of seating not being used. 

Guest Lecturers for Courses: A faculty member may host a guest lecturer for a course. Prior to coming to campus, guest lecturers must show proof of being fully vaccinated (digital image or hard copy of vaccine card, indicating final vaccination completed at least 14 days prior) to the faculty host. Like others on campus, guest lecturers must remain masked while indoors.

Athletic Event Spectators: Bates spectator protocols are consistent with those in place for the college community and with NCAA and NESCAC Conference guidance.

  • Indoor athletic events are open to masked Bates students, faculty, and staff with a valid Bates ID. Non-Bates spectators may also attend, but must show proof of being fully vaccinated at the door (digital image or hard copy of vaccine card, indicating final vaccination completed at least 14 days prior) in order to access the venue and must remain masked at all times while inside. Children who are not vaccinated will not be permitted to enter the venue. The event host will provide a staff member to check for proof of vaccination for non-Bates guests. Guests unable to provide proof of being fully vaccinated will not be able to enter the venue. Those students actively competing (i.e. on the court) may be unmasked during competition, but will remain masked at all other times (i.e. on the sidelines). 
  • Spectators at outdoor athletic events who are not fully vaccinated must be masked at all times and are asked to make every effort to maintain physical distance from others. Spectators attending outdoor athletic events, regardless of vaccination status, are not allowed in college buildings.

Student Social Events: Attendance at student social events on campus remains limited to students, faculty, and staff. The only exceptions to this apply to vendors, third-party contractors, and other services that have been hired by a Bates College department to provide essential services at these events. 

Other Events, Including Catered Events: Except in rare circumstances, all other events on campus are limited to students, faculty, and staff. Indoor events at which food is being served must be arranged through Bobcat Catering. External food service vendors are not allowed on campus without prior approval from the Dining, Conferences, and Campus Events. More information on events is available here.

Public Facing Spaces: The Bates College Museum of Art and the Bates College Store are open to masked Bates students, faculty, and staff with a valid Bates ID. Non-Bates guests may also visit, but must be prepared to show proof of being fully vaccinated (digital image or hard copy of vaccine card, indicating final vaccination completed at least 14 days prior), and must remain masked at all times. Children who are not vaccinated are unable to enter the building. Guests may also be subject to capacity limits. 

Recreational Visitors: During the pandemic, recognizing the value to local citizens and in keeping with our partnership with the Lewiston and Auburn community, Bates continues to permit local visitors to use non-specialized outdoor spaces, including paths, for recreation and respite. 

Vendors and Contractors: The college acknowledges that certain vendors and contractors need access to the campus to maintain the operations of the college. Facility Services works closely with contractors to minimize concentrations of Bates employees in work areas. The Office of Campus Life, Dining, Conferences, Catering and Events, and other Bates departments work with third party vendors that have been vetted and approved by the college to provide essential services for programs and events on campus. In all instances, the college host works with contractors and vendors to ensure compliance with appropriate policies to minimize COVID-19 exposure and transmission. 

Admission Visitors: Under guidance from public health officials, and to protect the safety of our community, we have made the following changes to our process for Admission visitors:

  • All visitors must read and understand our Bates Admission Visitor Agreement to register for a campus event.
  • All visitors must review and sign our COVID-19 Certificate of Compliance which will be emailed to you 24 hours before your visit.
  • All visitors should leave campus directly after their tour has finished so that we can prepare to welcome the next group of visitors.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to make this a safe and positive experience for everyone. More information about Admission visits can be found here