COVID-19 Spectator and Guest Requirements

College of the Desert is committed to supporting the health and well-being of our community, especially during the public health situation related to the coronavirus pandemic. 

We have created a set of safety requirements that all guests must follow to ensure campus safety at College of the Desert. If you do not follow these requirements, you will be asked to leave campus.

The College recognizes the pandemic is a fluid situation. It is your responsibility to check this site frequently to ensure you are following all current requirements. 

  • Stay home when ill. Individuals must stay home if they do not feel well or if they have been told to quarantine. Do not enter campus if you are not feeling well. 

  • Face masks are required to be worn over mouth and nose at all times  while in classrooms, inside any campus building or indoor sport facility, regardless of vaccination status. If you do not have a face mask, the College will provide one at the main Fred Waring entrance. See below for mask-wearing exemptions.

      "Face masks” means a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no visible holes, vents, or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. A face covering does not include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandanna, turtleneck, collar, neck-gaiter, or single layer of fabric. 

Mask-wearing exemptions: The following individuals are exempt from wearing masks at all times.

    • Children under two years old, due to the risk of suffocation.
    • People with:
      • A medical condition,
      • Mental health condition, or
      • Disability that precludes wearing a mask. This includes those:
        • For whom a mask could obstruct breathing
        • Who are unconscious or incapacitated
        • Who are unable to remove a mask without assistance
    • People for whom seeing the mouth is essential for communication:
      • Hearing impaired, or
      • Those communicating with a person who is hearing impaired.
    • People for whom wearing a mask would create a risk as they work, as determined by:
      • Local, state, or federal regulators, or
      • Workplace safety guidelines.
  • Before entering campus, you may be asked to complete a paper self-screening COVID symptom checker at the Public Safety checkpoint.

  • Wash and sanitize hands regularly.

  • Spectators and guests are not currently required to purchase a parking permit. However, all parking rules remain in tact, including parking in designated student/visitor lots and using appropriate spaces.

If you still have specific questions, please email us at .

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  • First determine if you are sick. If you are not feeling well, do not come to campus.
  • Wear a mask. Masks will be provided if you forget yours.

  • Follow all signage for entering and exiting campus facilities.

  • Spectators and guests are not required to complete the electronic SWAY App.

  • Masks must be worn indoors at all times. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided upon entering campus.

  • Maintain social distancing.

  • No eating or drinking inside the classroom.

  • Wash or sanitize hands frequently.

  • Avoid touching your face.

  • If you were recently on a College of the Desert Campus, report all COVID-19 illness/exposure/contact/positive test results to A member of the COVID-19 Reporting Team will follow-up with you over the phone with any potential next steps.

  • Anyone exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 must quarantine according to CDC and Riverside County guidelines. For questions regarding quarantine requirements, contact Student Health and Wellness Services at 760.776.7211.

  • Individuals experiencing COVID-like symptoms while on campus will be immediately sent home by COD personnel. Individuals who need to wait for a ride can do so at the Public Safety Office until they can get picked up by someone. It is important to keep in mind that if someone is experiencing shortness of breath 911 should be called immediately.

  • Non-compliant students will be reminded of and asked to follow all safety protocols. If non-compliance continues, Public Safety will be notified and they will remove the student from campus.

  • If you feel unsafe at any time during an interaction with a non-compliant individual, contact Public Safety immediately at 760-341-2111. If it is an emergency situation, call 911 from a campus phone (where possible).

Updated October 26, 2021