UNCSA Together - Workplace scenarios

UNCSA Together - Workplace scenarios

Public transportation

If you must take public transportation, wear a mask before boarding and avoid touching surfaces with your hands. Upon disembarking, wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers as soon as possible and before removing your mask.

Social distancing in the office

Faculty and staff should follow any institutional measures to physically separate and increase the distance between individuals, which may include:

  • Visual cues, such as floor decals, tape or signs that indicate where individuals should stand while waiting in line.
  • One-way directional signage for large open workspaces with multiple through-ways to increase distance between individuals moving through the space.
  • Designated stairways for up or down traffic if building space allows. No more than one person should be in the same room or office unless the occupants can maintain the required six feet of distancing.


The capacity of restrooms will be limited to ensure at least 6 feet of distance between individuals, and it is required that you wear a mask. Wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the potential transmission of the virus. Do not use sinks or toilets adjacent to another already in use.

Using Elevators

No more than one or two people may enter an elevator at a time (based on posted capacity), so please use the stairs whenever possible. If you are using the elevator, wear your mask or face covering and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed hand or fingers. Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers upon departing the elevator.


Convening in groups increases the risk of viral transmission. Where feasible, meetings should be held in whole or part online (i.e., Zoom, Teams). In-person meetings are limited to the restrictions of local, state and federal orders and should not exceed 50 percent of a room’s capacity, assuming individuals can still maintain 6 feet of separation for social distancing requirements. All attendees should wear a mask or face covering while sharing space in a common room. During your time on-site, you are encouraged to communicate with your colleagues and supervisors as needed by email, instant message, telephone or other available technology to minimize face-to-face interactions.


Before and after eating, you should wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the virus’ potential transmission. If dining at work, you should wear your mask or face covering until you are ready to eat and then replace it afterward. Staff are encouraged to take food back to their office area or eat outside, if this is reasonable for your situation. If you are eating in your work environment (break room, office, etc.), maintain 6 feet of distance between you and others. Individuals should not sit facing one another. Only remove your mask or face covering to eat; then put it back on. Wipe all surfaces in common areas (tables, refrigerator handles, coffee machines, microwaves, etc.) before and after using them.

Entrances and Exits

Entry to buildings will be regulated and monitored to the extent practicable. At controlled access buildings that require One Card access for entry, you should not hold or prop open exterior doors for any other person. Some buildings may be subject to more rigorous access control during COVID-19. You should report to and depart from work through the designated building access and at the appointed time. This will limit the number of people entering and exiting buildings at any one time. Building occupants are expected to follow signage designed to help manage traffic flow through building entrances, exits, elevators and similar common-use areas. Violation of these guidelines may result in the immediate revocation of building access privileges and potential disciplinary or other corrective action.