Effective immediately, masks are required only in patient care areas and locations where patients may be present.

Below are the updates being made to the COVID-19 protective measures guidelines.

  • Schmieding Center Facilities
    • Masking is not required for those UAMS employees and students who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccine series AND flu vaccination for the 2021-22 flu season.
    • Employees and students who are not up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccination series OR flu vaccination for the 2021-22 season (including those with approved medical or religious exemptions) are required to continue to mask in all campus areas.
    • UAMS employees and students will no longer be required to ask participants to wear a mask at UAMS programs.  As a courtesy to Washington Regional patients, our building signage will read “Masking required for public entry” so patients will be alerted that masking is required to enter the clinic area.  Washington Regional is responsible for enforcing this requirement in their clinical space which includes their waiting area
    • Meals are currently not allowed in our facility, however, individual drinks in closed containers may be served.
    • All visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and masking if not fully vaccinated.


  • Clinical areas/health care settings – hospital, clinics, waiting rooms, and any other areas where patients may be present
    • Masking continues to be required in all clinical areas (places where health care is delivered) for everyone, including patients, visitors, UAMS employees, students, contractors, vendors and volunteers. This includes any areas where interaction with patients and visitors may occur such as hallways leading to clinical and public areas.

This policy will be re-evaluated on a regular basis. Please re-visit this page as you plan for future events.

POLICY DATE: April 13, 2022