Updated: April 20


Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are asymptomatic.

Quarantine requires you to stay home, separate yourself from others at all times (excepting medical appointments and testing), monitor your health, and follow directions from your state or local health department. Non-compliance with quarantining policies could result in disciplinary measures.

Who needs to quarantine?

Close Contacts

Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days. Examples of close contact include:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 10 minutes.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them).
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

Who else should quarantine?


Asymptomatic international and domestic travelers are not required to quarantine upon arrival in New York. However, all travel increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 and public health authorities continue to strongly discourage non-essential travel.

Consistent with CDC guidelines, NYU strongly recommends, but does not mandate, that that you get a PCR test 3-5 days after arrival in New York AND stay home and quarantine for a full 7 days after arrival in New York — especially if you are not fully vaccinated.


Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (both those who are sick and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. Isolation requires you to stay home until it’s safe for you to be around others. Students in NYU residence halls who have tested positive for the virus will be immediately moved into isolation quarters, where they will receive care and monitoring for the duration of their illness.  In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

Who needs to isolate?

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19
  • People who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic) but have tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2

NYU’s Policies and Protocols for Quarantine and Isolation

NYU has developed a comprehensive set of protocols designed to provide the care and services students will need for the duration of their quarantine or isolation, while simultaneously working toward limiting exposure to fellow students, faculty, NYU employees, and our neighborhood community.

All members of the NYU community who are required to quarantine or isolate may resume normal activities only upon receiving clearance from the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team. Once you are cleared by the team, you will regain access to NYU buildings and facilities.

You must notify the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team if you:

  • have symptoms of COVID-19
  • test positive for COVID-19
  • were in close contact to someone with COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days


You will be required to do the following:

  • stay home
  • stay out of NYU buildings (except your own room/suite, if you live in NYU housing)
  • stay in your room for a period of time that will be determined by the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team
  • attend classes remotely if you are well enough
  • follow any instructions regarding your housing situation (if you are in NYU housing)

If you need medical care (other than testing), contact the Student Health Center.

Faculty, Researchers, and Employees

You will need to stay in your home for a period of time that will be determined by the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team. Do not report to work on-site. Keep yourself isolated for as long as instructed. Follow any instructions regarding your housing and situation (if you are in NYU housing). If you need medical care (other than testing), contact your healthcare provider.