Information for Visitors

Campus visitors must abide by Cornell’s travel and visitor policy (PDF), which significantly restricts visits by individuals not part of the residential Cornell community, at least through the fall semester. Campus visitors are prohibited from entering any campus facility, including residence halls. Only approved current students, staff or faculty, essential vendors (such as food and delivery workers or construction and service providers), or individuals approved, in writing, by the provost or appropriate dean, vice president or their delegate, may access campus facilities.

Walking around Cornell’s campus, including the Botanic Gardens, is permitted. However, all employees, students and visitors are required to have a mask on their person when outdoors on campus and to put on their face covering or mask when it is NOT feasible to maintain physical distancing measures (i.e., at least six feet of separation between others).

Questions about visiting students on campus? Please see Housing & Dining for more information.

Campus Tours

All campus tours and other in-person campus events are canceled until further notice. We will notify the community when campus resumes normal operations, including private and group tours. Experience Cornell through our video tours.


In order to minimize contact with those beyond our campus community, the university will not permit in-person concerts or lectures involving outside guests throughout the fall semester. However, many events will continue to be held virtually, including celebrations such as Homecoming, and the university continues to examine creative, safe opportunities for converting other events and activities into online formats.

Athletic Events

On July 8, the Ivy League announced that its member institutions would not hold intercollegiate athletics events and competitions prior to the end of the fall 2020 semester. Practices and other athletic training opportunities for enrolled student athletes are permitted, provided they conform to university safety procedures and applicable state regulations. The status of the remaining winter and spring sports schedules, as well as whether fall sports events and competitions may resume in the spring, will be determined at a later date.

Johnson Museum

Though the Museum is temporarily closed to visitors, you can learn more about museum exhibitions and find online resources at

Botanic Gardens

The grounds of the Cornell Botanic Gardens are open every day, dawn to dusk, but please remember to follow face covering guidelines, stay six feet away from others, and visit alone or in family groups. Groups must be of 10 or fewer people.

Robert Trent Jones Golf Course

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Course is currently open for members and their guests only. League play has also begun. More information can be found online at Until further notice, all purchases for the golf course will be processed through

Campus Fitness Centers

As mandated by New York state, all fitness facilities closed, effective March 16. We will update the campus community when this restriction is lifted.

In the interim, Cornell Recreational Services Fitness Centers are offering live, reoccurring virtual group classes that are open to everyone, and the Cornell Faculty/Staff Wellness Program is offering a variety of virtual services.

Veterinary Services

You can find the current operating status of hospitals, centers and programs on their website.

Routines have been modified to adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions. We will walk you through each step to keep everyone safe. Clients are not allowed to enter the hospitals.