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CMU Meeting/Activity/Event Guidelines

Effective 2/10/21 until further notice

Indoor meetings/activities/events are permitted only as follows, based on Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Central Michigan District Health Department and CMU policy requirements or orders:

  1. Indoor meetings/activities/events of up to 10 persons are permitted, providing each person present wears a face covering and is socially distant from others.
  2. Indoor activities/events of more than 10 and up to 500 people are permitted only to the extent that:
    • Venues with fixed seating — attendance is limited to 20% of seating capacity of the venue.
    • Venues without fixed seating — attendance is limited to 20 persons per 1,000 square feet in each occupied room.
    • Each person in attendance wears a face covering and all seating remains social distanced.

Outdoor gatherings/activities/events are permitted in accordance with the MDHHS and the CMDHD health order which limits them to no more that 25 individuals provided that each person present wears a face covering and remains socially distanced.

Additional Central Michigan University guidelines regarding activities/events:

  1. All activities/events must comply with the aforementioned MDHHS and CMDHD requirements.
  2. Activities/events cannot include non-CMU community members (CMU students, faculty and staff only).
  3. Proper social distancing is required at all activities/events (indoor and outdoor).
  4. Space must be approved and reserved in advance with CMU Events and Conference Services (774-PLAN) — A safety plan must be submitted to Events and Conference Services as well – see below for more details.
  5. The university reserves the right to postpone, cancel or adjust these guidelines as necessary to comply with university, health department or CDC requirements.

To learn more about developing a safety plan, visit the Events and Conference Services website.

Food and Eating

When visiting a residential restaurant or other campus dining facility to pick up food, wear your mask or face covering, and maintain 6 feet of distance from other customers. If you are eating in a work environment, such as a break room:

  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from others, and do not sit facing another person.
  • Limit occupancy in the break room to avoid crowding.
  • Remove your mask or face covering only to eat, and be sure to put it back on.
  • Wipe down the table and chair you used with an appropriate disinfectant.
  • Avoid using shared break room items, such as shared coffee pots and reusable utensils.

CMU faculty and staff and any student with a meal plan are welcome to utilize the residential restaurants while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Public Transportation

If you use public transportation or shared ride services to come to campus, please practice the following safety measures to protect yourself and others:

  • Put on a mask or face covering before entering the vehicle.
  • Avoid touching surfaces with your hands.
  • When you exit the vehicle, wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


Faculty, staff and students with parking permits should continue to park in the lots designated for their permits. To obtain a parking permit or for more information, contact Parking Services.

Social Distancing in Buildings

All entrances to buildings will have signs and markings to remind everyone of social distancing requirements. Inside facilities, you are encouraged to keep right in stairwells and hallways and to make every effort to maintain social distancing.

Building coordinators and staff will assess each facility and implement social distancing assistance measures, where applicable.

Outdoor Campus Spaces

The CDC recommends maintaining social distance from others both indoors and outdoors. CMU requires social distancing on campus and in satellite locations to limit exposure to the COVID-19 virus and to slow its spread.

Remember: People can spread the virus before they even know they are sick, so it is important to take steps to protect yourself and others. Practice social distancing, and wear a mask or face covering, even if you have no symptoms. These steps are especially important for people at higher risk for COVID-19, and CMU requires everyone on campus to follow these practices:

  • Stay at least 6 feet, or about two arms' lengths, away from other people.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Stay out of crowded places, and avoid large gatherings.
  • Face masks or coverings must be worn by all individuals on campus in public settings, such as common workspaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, break rooms and restrooms, as well as when visiting public outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained. Appropriate use of face masks or coverings helps minimize risk to both the wearer and those around them. Please note: A face mask/covering is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Keep right when walking on sidewalks and make every effort to maintain proper social distancing (6 feet).
  • Help CMU promote a culture of health and safety by practicing these guidelines every time you are on campus.


For the safety of our CMU community, all guests and visitors are required to adhere to the CMU rules outlined on this website and to follow all appropriate CDC guidance, including the practice of social distancing and the use of masks, while on campus.