Carnegie Mellon University

COVID-19 Updates

Information and resources for the CMU community

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Travel Risk (for non-commuters)

Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Your chances of getting COVID-19 while traveling also depends on mitigating behaviors and steps taken to protect yourself and others:

Travel Outside of and Within Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania eliminated out-of-state travel restrictions and updated its guidelines on March 1, 2021. As a result, the university is no longer requiring you to quarantine if you leave the state and return or if you’re traveling to campus from another state.

However, following travel (even if fully vaccinated), faculty/staff/students/vendors should be tested and have a negative result before attending on-campus classes, work or activities (if asymptomatic, you may come to campus for a Tartan Testing appointment).

When traveling, we continue to encourage students, faculty, staff and vendors to wear a facial covering and avoid events or crowded spaces as ways to limit your risk of exposure to COVID-19. High-risk travel is strongly discouraged.

Low Risk vs. High Risk Travel


Low Risk

High Risk


Private vehicle

Public transportation bus, train or air

Travel Behavior

Non-stop, direct travel from origin to destination

Day trip with no overnight stay

Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks (particularly without following mitigation protocols)

Overnight stays outside of your household

Interaction with non-household members

Travel Destination

*Low COVID-19 cases and positivity

Secluded or less densely populated location

Commuting to and from work/school

*High COVID-19 cases and positivity

High traffic or busy location


Private residence

Remote campground

Hotels, motels or resorts


Self-prepared meals

Takeout or room service

Outdoor dining

Indoor dining at bars or restaurants

Dining with non-household members


Limited to members of household

Outdoor gatherings following recommended mitigations

Participation with anyone outside of household

Any gatherings where six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained

Indoor gatherings with poor ventilation

Vaccine Status

Fully vaccinated

Not yet fully vaccinated


1. Wear a facial covering in public settings – both indoors and outdoors, including when with anyone not from your household, even if not in a public setting.

2. Maintain distance of six feet from anyone not from your household.

3. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.

*As defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)