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Guidance on wearing face coverings

Consistent with current CDC guidance, fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a face covering or practice social distancing on campus, indoors or out.

Updated: May 17, 2021

Here’s what you need to know:

  • According to the CDC, vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19 and are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.
  • The CDC says fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a face covering or practice social distancing, indoors or out.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you should wear a mask and practice social distancing for your own protection.

Consistent with current CDC guidance, fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a face covering or practice social distancing on campus, indoors or out. The CDC has outlined limited exceptions, including health care facilities and public transportation.

Being fully vaccinated is defined as being two weeks past your final dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.

The CDC has noted that vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19 and are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death.

With vaccines now readily available both on and off campus, members of our campus community can make informed decisions about their health and how they protect themselves. We will continue to encourage vaccination and to make it as convenient as we can for people to participate.

View CDC guidance for people who are fully vaccinated.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccination options.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you should wear a mask and practice social distancing for your own protection. View CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

Any individual can choose to wear a mask on campus, regardless of their vaccination status.

To discuss accommodations due to a medical condition, students should contact Student Disability Services, and employees and visitors should contact the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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