As of 8/2/21, there is no distinction between clinical buildings and non-clinical buildings at Ohio State. Masks are required inside all Ohio State Wexner Medical Center buildings regardless of vaccination status.

University face mask requirements and exceptions

CDC and ODH guidance is more restrictive for health care institutions than guidance for the general public or other business and educational settings. The table below outlines some specific examples to further expand on the need to wear masks when indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Masking guidance for all individuals in WMC/COM clinical facilities


Regardless of Vaccination Status

Health care personnel while providing direct patient care Facemask and eye protection required
Any individual in a shuttle bus or form of public transportation Facemask required
Patients Facemask required
(except for hospitalized patients when in patient room by themselves or if they have a contraindication to wearing facemask)
Visitors/Family members Facemask required
Contractors and Vendors Facemask required


University Faculty, Staff and Learners in WMC/COM clinical facilities


Fully Vaccinated*

Not Fully-Vaccinated

Indoors in a public space (e.g., hallway, lobby, elevator, nursing station, etc.) Facemask required Facemask required
Indoors at Nisonger Center while providing childcare Facemask required Facemask required
Outdoors at Nisonger Center while providing childcare Facemask required   
Facemask required 
Indoors in a non-public space with a small group with all members of the group fully vaccinated* Facemask required Facemask required
Indoors in a non-public space with small group with mix of fully-vaccinated and not fully-vaccinated Facemask required Facemask required
Indoors in a non-public space with a large group/unable to control distance from others Facemask required Facemask required

Clinical buildings:

  • Brain and Spine Hospital
  • Davis Outpatient Care
  • Doan Hall
  • Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital
  • East Hospital/Talbot Hall
  • Eye and Ear Institute
  • Harding Hospital
  • Havener Eye Institute Dublin
  • Havener Eye Institute Westerville
  • Healthy New Albany/Philip Heit Center
  • James Cancer Hospital
  • Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute
  • Martha Morehouse Pavilion
  • Martha Morehouse Tower
  • McCampbell Hall (including Nisonger Center)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Kenny Road
  • Outpatient Care East
  • Outpatient Care Gahanna
  • Outpatient Care Lewis Center
  • Outpatient Care Hilliard/Mill Run
  • Outpatient Care Pickerington
  • Outpatient Care Stoneridge Dublin
  • Outpatient Care Upper Arlington
  • Outpatient Care Worthington
  • Outreach Care – all sites
  • Primary Care Crown Park
  • Primary Care Dublin
  • Primary Care New Albany
  • Primary Care Thomas Rardin
  • Primary Care Westerville
  • Rhodes Hall
  • Ross Heart Hospital
  • Sports Medicine – all sites
  • Stephanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center
  • Transplant Outreach – all sites and YMCA Physical Therapy locations

* “Fully Vaccinated” defined as greater than 14 days after the final dose of vaccine based on the type of vaccine received.