The University of Virginia has invested in personal protective equipment, purchased from local vendors, to distribute to students, faculty and staff members as the University reopens.
The University has purchased two cloth face coverings for each employee in the Academic Division (a total of 42,000) and 2,600 free-standing hand sanitizer stands for high-traffic common areas(such as Newcomb Hall and the John Paul Jones Arena), plus an additional 1,000 one-gallon containers for spaces that don’t receive the free-standing units. The University has also purchased a supply of sanitizing wipes for surfaces such as desks and chairs and disposable face coverings that can be offered to students, faculty, staff, and others who might arrive without one.
For students, the University has ordered 25,000 “Welcome Back Kits,” which contain two cloth face coverings, two 2-ounce containers of hand sanitizer and a touch-tool, all packaged in a drawstring bag.
On June 17, President Ryan shared further details about plans to reopen, writing in part:
"Every student, faculty, and staff member who will be on Grounds this fall will have to meet certain health and safety requirements designed to keep members of the UVA and broader community safe. Students and their families will receive details about these requirements over the summer and will be asked to agree to them as a condition of returning to—and remaining on—Grounds. While parts of our plan are evolving, some parts are settled and will include the basics we all know well by now: social distancing, the wearing of face coverings, encouragement of frequent hand washing, and enhanced cleaning of the environment."