Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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In light of the ongoing pandemic, including the emergence of the Delta variant and new data on transmission, Williams has updated our Fall 2021 policies to protect our community and educational program.

Our commitment to a safe campus rests on three pillars: widespread vaccination, indoor masking and mandatory testing.


Williams strongly urges students, staff and faculty to get vaccinated against the Covid virus, and requires proof of Covid vaccination as a condition of employee and student access to campus. The college has confirmed the vaccination of more than 97 percent of our campus community. Others are still completing the process. Significantly less than 1 percent of our campus population has requested an exemption.


Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear masks in campus buildings, including workspaces and classrooms, and in classroom tents. Vaccinated faculty and staff may unmask when alone in closed offices. Vaccinated students may unmask in residence halls and while eating.

Masks are not required outdoors in general, but unvaccinated people should mask outdoors whenever social distancing is not possible.

For full details, see the Masks sections of the Student Policies or Faculty and Staff Policies page for details.


During Fall 2021 everyone at Williams, regardless of vaccination status, is required to test. Vaccinated people must test once weekly. People who have not yet completed their vaccination or who have received an exemption must test twice weekly.

See the Testing sections of the Student Policies or Faculty and Staff Policies page for details.


Out of an abundance of caution, most campus buildings and programs are closed to visitors. Exceptions include the Williams College Museum of Art, Sawyer and Schow Libraries and Thursday lunches at Faculty House. See the Visitors and Guests section for the latest information.

The gym and fitness center are not currently open to the public.

The U.S. Postal Service as well as private delivery companies and college vendors are allowed to deliver to all buildings, and access to indoor spaces is also allowed for any work performed under contract with the college.

All visitors and guests must wear masks indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

Williams policies and protocols may be revised in response to new public health data and guidance. For the most up-to-date information, please visit our Community Updates page.