COVID-19 Event Capacity Guidelines

The well-being of UNC Asheville students, faculty, staff, and visitors is of the utmost importance. As members of the UNC Asheville community, we have a shared commitment to take the necessary precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19 while following all recommended health guidelines. All community members and campus visitors are expected to follow UNC Asheville’s Community Expectations.

Indoor Event Capacity

To ensure the safety of all community members, all indoor university-sponsored events shall not exceed 50 persons or 50% of the indoor space capacity (whichever is greater). Exact room capacities may vary based on individual event details and will be determined by the event services team in Highsmith Student Union, in consultation with the Director of Emergency Management. Outdoor events do not have space capacity limitations at this time. Below is a list of a few of our larger indoor event spaces with the maximum capacity listed.

Venue50% Max Guest Capacity
(Auditorium-style seating)
Blue Ridge Room (HIG 202/203)300
Lipinsky Auditorium300
Mullen-James Humanities Hall200
Mountain Suites (HIG 225/226/228/229)120 (30 per room)
Alumni Hall (HIG 114)150

Information regarding face coverings at events:

  • Face coverings are required in all indoor spaces, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, with the exception of personal offices and living spaces.
  • The NC Department of Health and Human Services provides an exception to face coverings when an individual is giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience. The removal of a face covering at a podium or microphone for an event is allowed when social distancing and other mitigation strategies are in place. For more information, visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

At this time, our current COVID-19 guidelines and protocols will remain in place for the foreseeable future into spring 2022 and summer. We will reassess our COVID-19 protocols regularly and provide updates as needed in line with CDC and NCDHHS guidelines, as well guidance from the UNC System. For full details visit