General Infection Prevention Measures

As CDC guidelines change (both general and specific to Institutes for Higher Education), our recommendations will adapt to reflect the latest ideas for reducing the risk of transmission on campus.


As described repeatedly throughout this Plan and in public health announcements, physical distancing is the most effective preventative measure for COVID-19. Avoid close contact with others, and maintain 6’ distance between yourself and others, including between workstations, when possible.  The college has implemented the following measures and policies, among others:

  • Employees are asked to limit occupancy in elevators on campus
  • Employees are asked to limit occupancy in shared spaces whenever possible
  • Maintain distancing where and when possible in hallways, stairwells, and on campus pathways
  • Schedule appointments to reduce lines and congested waiting areas
  • Limit employees to 2 people per utility cart or regular-size college vehicle, with face covering required

Bates College promotes frequent and thorough hand washing by providing a place for employees to wash their hands and/or alcohol-based sanitizing products with at least 60% alcohol, located in numerous prominent locations throughout campus. Employees are encouraged to wash hands frequently, and particularly before/after eating, before using a shared coffee machine, after handling materials provided by vendors, and after using the restroom.  Hand sanitizing stations are distributed throughout campus, and bathrooms are stocked with appropriate soap and signage for good hygiene.

Enhanced Cleaning Practices

OSHA has indicated that “It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has SARS-CoV-2 on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the primary way the virus spreads.”  To reduce the likelihood of exposure and transmission, Bates is enhancing custodial practices, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and equipment, with more frequency in shared work areas.

Staying Home When Sick

The college requires employees to stay home if they are sick. Additional details on what to do if sick are provided in “Self-Monitoring, what to do if you have symptoms, and returning to work”.

Respiratory Etiquette

As indicated by CDC signage in multiple locations on campus, the community is asked to practice respiratory etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes).