reception desk with a plexiglass shield

Working in Offices 

  • All staff and faculty at Amherst College are required to wear a mask on campus, with the exception of when alone in private spaces such as your office.
  • While at work, maintain a physical distance of at least six feet between individuals. If you supervise an office or other space where these physical distancing guidelines cannot be maintained, contact the office of Environmental Health and Safety at (413) 542-8189. EH&S will likely suggest the installation of a physical barrier, which could include a plexiglass shield or similar device, or other modification. Environmental Health and Safety is available to support faculty and staff in evaluating ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
  • Department heads should assess meeting rooms and unused spaces for possible use as temporary offices for those who cannot maintain a six-foot distance between individuals.

Working in Laboratories

HVAC and Mechanical Ventilation

  • Wherever possible, Amherst College Facilities Operations is increasing fresh air exchange in campus buildings that have mechanical ventilation. High efficiency filtration is being installed in recirculated air systems, where feasible.
  • For buildings without mechanical ventilation, you are encouraged to open exterior windows to promote natural air circulation. Even during colder weather when it is only possible to crack windows open slightly, this will enhance air quality.
  • Contact the Facilities Service Desk if you have questions.

Disinfecting Workspaces

  • Amherst College custodial staff will follow a plan of enhanced cleaning in offices, common spaces and restrooms. The custodial department will keep a log of cleaning and disinfecting that will include date, time and scope.
  • Avoid using co-worker’s phones, desks, offices or other work tools and equipment whenever possible.
  • Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water frequently and to clean and disinfect work spaces at least once per day.
  • The College will provide disinfecting supplies to employees; contact the Facilities Service Desk at (413) 542-2254. Keeping surfaces clean is a shared responsibility.
  • The cleaning process for equipment should follow the manufacturer’s specifications. Do not spray equipment with misters or sprays. Make sure to allow for sufficient contact time as referenced on the label of the product being used.
  • Clean sensitive equipment with wipes that are soaked in the most appropriate disinfectant. Do not use cleaning products that will damage the surfaces being cleaned. Contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 413-542-8189 with questions.

Using Restrooms

  • Maintain physical distancing guidelines in the common area of restrooms.
  • In smaller restrooms where maintaining a six-foot distance between individuals is not possible, limit the use of the restroom to one person at a time.
  • Close the toilet lid before flushing. Toilet lids have been installed in restrooms across campus. 
  • Always wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water when using the restroom. 
  • Remember to keep door handles and faucets as clean as possible. Wipe down faucets and door handles with a clean, soapy paper towel (if possible) as you leave to enhance cleanliness and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

spray cleanser

Get Cleaning Supplies

The College will provide disinfecting supplies to employees. Contact the Facilities Service Desk at (413) 542-2254.

Meals (recommended practices)

  • Before eating, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Wear your mask until you are ready to eat and replace it as soon as you are finished. Maintain a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others and face away from others when you are eating and your mask is removed. Faculty and staff are encouraged to eat in their offices or outside, if possible.
  • When you are finished eating, put your mask back on and wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water. Wipe down any surfaces you might have touched with a disinfectant wipe, including coffee machines, refrigerator handles, microwave buttons, tables or desks. Do not leave dirty cups, dishes or utensils in sink areas that could be used by others. Clean and remove your personal items immediately.


  • Unless no other option is available, in-person meetings should not occur. Meetings should be held virtually online or over the phone to avoid situations where physical distancing measures cannot be maintained.
  • If an in-person meeting must be held, the room should be large enough and arranged to accommodate physical distancing by separating chairs and tables by at least six feet.
  • Meetings should not occur in private offices.
  • Masks must be worn if an in-person meeting occurs indoors.

Deliveries/Contractors/Service Providers/Visitors


  • Visitors are not permitted on the Amherst College Campus.

Using Elevators

  • Only one person is permitted to use the elevator at a time.
  • If you touch the buttons with your hands, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or use a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Whenever possible, avoid using fingers and hands to operate buttons and doors; instead, try to use elbows, if possible.
  • If you are able, staff and faculty are encouraged to use the stairs. 

Public Transportation

  • If you commute to work via public transportation, wear a mask at all times.
  • Do your best to avoid touching any surfaces and keep your hands away from your face.
  • Upon arrival to campus, wash your hands or use a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer as soon as possible. 


  • COMING SOON: A variety of signs will be available for posting instructions regarding physical distancing, hygiene, and more. You will be able to order signs from Campus Print & Mail or download and print out signs yourself.