COVID-19 Policies for Reunions
Here are the latest restrictions in place to ensure the safety of reunion attendees visiting campus and our Yale staff and students:
As outlined in our March reunions update, we are looking forward to hosting in-person reunions this spring. And while we will be making every effort to make reunions a fun and seamless experience for our guests, we are aware that COVID-19 variants are still present in New Haven and in places from which you and your classmates are traveling.
Here are the latest policies in place to ensure the safety of all reunion attendees visiting campus as well as Yale staff and students:
Preparation and Tips for Travel
- Know the cancellation and refund remedies available to you. Refundable travel is recommended.
- We recommend, if possible, that you turn on the exposure notifications on your smartphone.
- While we will have some masks available, we recommend you bring your own high-quality (not cloth) masks with you. You may also want to have a rapid antigen test for your personal use in case you develop symptoms while in New Haven.
- Consider a contingency plan for if you develop COVID or are exposed to someone with COVID at or traveling to reunions. There will be no isolation housing available at Yale during reunions.
- Here are articles with advice on what to do if you test positive for COVID while traveling and testing positive for COVID overseas.
Reunions COVID Policies: Vaccination
- Vaccinations will be required for all attendees, including, if eligible, a booster shot. Children under age 5 are exempted from this policy. Acceptable vaccines are listed on the Yale Health COVID-19 vaccination page.
- Attendees must attest to vaccination (including booster if eligible) when registering.
- Please bring your vaccination documentation (a clearly legible photo is acceptable) and be prepared to show proof upon request while on campus.
- Children of all ages will be welcome, provided they are vaccinated and, if eligible, boosted. Children under age 5 are exempted from the vaccination requirement. Please note that we are not able to offer childcare (i.e., Camp Bulldog) for this reunion cycle because of staffing shortages and health concerns.
Reunions COVID Policies: Testing
- All attendees should take either a PCR or rapid antigen test prior to travel to confirm negative results. We recommend that you bring rapid antigen tests for personal use in case you develop COVID symptoms in New Haven. Those staying in campus housing may be required to present proof of negative test results.
- Note that testing is not available through Yale. If you or your guests become symptomatic, you should use the rapid antigen tests you brought or arrange your own testing.
Reunions COVID Policies: Masking & Isolation
- Mask wearing must be consistent with Yale policies in effect at the time of your reunion. Where masks are required, they must be ASTM, N95, or KN95/FFP2. As noted above, we recommend bringing a high-quality mask with you, and we will also have a supply available.
- Any attendee testing positive for COVID during reunions must mask, isolate from other attendees as much as possible, and leave campus promptly.
If Yale’s guidelines change, we will note these changes on the reunion website.
New Central Registration & Help Desks
Central Registration: New this year, all reunion attendees (except for the 60th, 65th, and 70th reunions) must go first to Central Registration at the St. Thomas More Golden Center at 268 Park St. This is where you will check in, receive your reunion schedule, and – if applicable – pick up your campus housing keys. There will be limited street parking in front of the Golden Center, and there is also public parking at Broadway Lot and Chapel-York Garage. You may also park at your hotel if applicable or Pierson Sage Garage (see the next section for more) and take a reunion shuttle to Central Registration. Please note that Central Registration opens on Thursday at 1 pm; please check your reunion schedule for subsequent hours.
UPDATE: the Classes of 1960, 1962, 1956, 1957, and 1952 should all go directly to the residential college (Jonathan Edwards or Timothy Dwight) where their reunions are being held. You will check in and receive all reunion materials there.
Help Desks: After you’ve checked in, be sure to visit the Help Desk at your reunion to pick up nametags and receive your class souvenir, meet our YAA staff and students, and get answers to your questions. The Help Center will open on Thursday at 1 pm; please check your reunion schedule for subsequent hours.
There is much that is new about Campus Housing this year because of the number of reunions and requirements relating to COVID. Campus Housing is managed by our partner, Yale Conferences & Events.
Special note: Our ability to accommodate walk-ins who require campus housing is limited; we advise everyone to register early so that a room will be ready on arrival.
Here are a few things about COVID requirements that you should know before you sign up to stay on campus:
- See above for Yale's vaccination policy for all campus visitors. The Yale Health COVID-19 vaccination page provides a list of acceptable vaccines and boosters.
- Children who are not eligible for vaccination at the time of reunions are exempt from this requirement.
- Attendees staying in campus housing who test positive while on campus will be asked to leave campus immediately and will need to have their own contingency plans for alternate housing and/or return travel.
- We will provide updates on these requirements when they are confirmed by the university’s COVID policy team.
Campus housing fees are per person, per bed, per number of nights. The fees are $110 for one night, $136 for two nights; and $159 for three nights.
- If you arrive late after Central Registration opening hours (listed in your class reunion schedule) on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, you will be able to check in for campus housing. You will need to return in the morning to check in at registration.
- Attendees will usually share a suite with others; single attendees may share a bedroom; and a couple may be assigned to two single bedrooms.
- Roommate requests are limited to two and your friends must also request you as a roommate. Requests received after the deadline (May 5/May 12/May 19) cannot be guaranteed.
- Beds are singles and permanent bunk beds are common; upper bunks are not assigned to the 40th-65th Reunions.
- Rooms have dressers, lighting, desks and chairs and, sometimes, student furniture. Yale provides linens (sheets, a blanket, pillow, pillowcase), towels, washcloths, and toiletries.
- There are no phones, desk lamps (except on Old Campus, where there are no overhead lights), air conditioners, fans, or hair dryers.
- Bathrooms are communal, with non-lockable doors, and are all-gender. They may be located on the stair landing or within the suite.
- All Yale buildings are strictly non-smoking.
- Private accommodations cannot be provided except for medical reasons. Any special requests concerning housing must be received before the deadline (May 5/May 12/ May 19).
Campus Map, Parking, & Reunion Shuttle
Campus Map: Yale’s online campus map is an invaluable tool for finding your way around campus and locating reunion venues. The map is powered by Google, and you can ask for driving or walking directions from your location. The map also includes information on building accessibility. Yale’s Office of LGBTQ Resources provides an online all gender restroom map., and this information is also included in building details on the main map.
Parking: Limited free parking for reunion weekends is available in two locations: 1) Pierson-Sage Garage on Whitney Avenue and the adjacent surface lots #16 and #22 (search for “Pierson-Sage Garage” on the online campus map) and 2) Prospect Sachem Garage on Prospect Street (enter Ingalls Rink parking lot and bear right). Hours for parking begin at 1 pm on Thursday and extend until 2 pm on Sunday. Transportation to Central Registration, hotels, and reunion colleges will be available on the Reunion Shuttle.
Parking on the street is subject to meters, ticketing and towing, and Yale lots have either limited or no access. There are a number of public lots and garages around campus; be sure to check rates and operating hours as not all are open 24 hours a day.
Reunion Shuttle: The YAA Reunion Shuttle service, which begins on Thursday afternoon at 1 pm, covers our reunion hotels; at other hotels and AirBnBs or similar, you will be responsible for transportation to and from campus. Pick-up and drop-off points around campus include Central Registration on Park Street, reunion colleges, Old Campus, Pierson-Sage Garage, York Street across from Rose Alumni House, and the corner of College and Wall Streets. Please note that high quality (not cloth) masks are required in all Reunion Shuttle service vehicles.
Getting to New Haven
By Train: New Haven is served by both Metro North (511 from New York; 800-690-5114) and Amtrak (800-USA-RAIL). Reunion shuttles, a taxi, or a ride-share will bring you the short distance to Central Registration on Park St. or to your hotel.
The three New York airports offer the widest range of airlines and flights, as well as more advantageous fares.
- JFK is about two hours away from New Haven. Public transportation via Airtrain and Subway can take you to midtown Manhattan in 50 minutes; from there you can take Metro North or Amtrak to New Haven
- La Guardia is slightly closer to New Haven and public transportation into Manhattan is by bus and subway.
Newark Liberty International has the advantage of an Amtrak station on the main line to New Haven.
Airport Shuttles: The Hartford and New York airports are accessible by commercial shuttles which will bring you to a central campus location in New Haven. Advance reservations are required. Companies include:
Accessibility & Special Requests
The YAA makes every effort to ensure that reunions are accessible to all alumni and guests. Special transportation and limited ADA accommodations are available. If you have physical limitations, special medical needs, or requests concerning meals, please contact us at email@example.com or 203-432-2110 so that we can help with your arrangements. Discussions must take place before the special requests deadline of Thursday, May 5 (May 26-29), May 12 (June 2-5), or May 17 (June 9-12).
There are a limited number of ADA-compliant suites. Some may be located in a suite shared with other attendees, or in a college other than the one serving as your reunion headquarters. If you need an accessible room, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-432-2110 for assistance. The deadline to make a special request for an accessible room is Thursday, May 5 (May 26-29), May 12 (June 2-5), or May 17 (June 9-12).
Neither students nor staff may assist in this way for liability reasons. Please email email@example.com or call 203-432-2110 to discuss your needs and options for outside healthcare vendors.
Yes. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable state and federal laws, Yale allows visitors to bring service animals to campus. Service animals are allowed to go anywhere you do, whether it’s under the tent, into a classroom, or into your campus housing. Please indicate that you wish to bring a service animal in the registration housing section. A service animal must wear a leash, harness, cape, or other marker that identifies it as a Service Animal, at all times, when on campus.
Emotional support animals are not permitted on campus, other than in on-campus housing rooms/suites which does require prior approval from the Student Accessibility Services office. For more information, visit the Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals policy page.
The interactive campus map lets you zoom in on campus buildings and access information about their accessibility should you wish to visit them for a class program or YAA lecture/tour. The map also indicates the location of gender-neutral bathrooms.
Yes. Non-electronic access for Jewish and other religiously-observant alumni may be arranged by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 203-432-2110 before the special request deadline on Thursday, May 5 (May 26-29), May 12 (June 2-5), or May 17 (June 9-12).
Yes. Yale Hospitality makes every effort to accommodate special requests for meals served on campus during reunions. Please email us at email@example.com and we will connect you with Yale Hospitality who will work with you directly. This includes dietary needs and food allergies.
Kosher meals (Shabbat dinner, Saturday lunch) are offered through Slifka Center and are included in your reunion fee; email firstname.lastname@example.org to register in advance. Location for Shabbat meals will be confirmed by Slifka Center in the coming weeks.
All reunion meals include vegan/vegetarian options (no special request required). Pre-packaged and reheated kosher meals can also be delivered to any meal served with your class; these can be ordered as part of your online registration using the field for special meal requests. The deadline is Thursday, May 5 (May 26-29), May 12 (June 2-5), or May 17 (June 9-12).
Yale Reunions Replay
Check out our Yale Reunions Replay page where you'll find photos from your Yale College Reunion and can submit your photo for the Yale College Reunions Photo Contest!
Contact the YAA
Email the YAA or call (203) 432-2110.