U. further lifts masking requirements for indoor speakers, performance and sports activities

The University has lifted masking requirements for some parameters yet again, Executive Vice President Planning and Policy Russell Carey ’91 MA’06 announced in a community-wide email on the 28th. October.

Masking is now optional for fully immunized speakers and panelists when speaking indoors at events sponsored by academic and administrative departments or student organizations. This rule extends current guidelines that allow teachers to remove their masks when teaching inside classrooms. Members of the public at indoor events should wear their masks.

Additionally, masking is now optional for fully vaccinated performers – including students – during performances and rehearsals for group and solo events. As in lectures, masking is always required for audience members.

Indoor sports and recreational activities are now also optional. This includes inside the Nelson Fitness Center, during intramural sports competitions and clubs, and during varsity sports practices and competitions.

In the email announcing the masking changes, Carey cited “low and sustained positivity rates on campus, as well as high vaccination levels.” The email reminded community members to continue to wear masks and to “cooperate with the staff” who work in libraries, the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center, mess halls and other settings.

The updated masking requirements follow the lifting of testing requirements for all vaccinated community members on Monday – marking a week of significant reductions in COVID-19 measures.

Changes to testing and masking advice for fully vaccinated people do not apply to unvaccinated community members, who must continue to perform twice weekly testing for routine asymptomatic testing, wear a mask in all indoor environments and maintain social distance outdoors.

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