An increasing number of medical and public health professionals are urging individuals to upgrade from using cloth masks alone, citing the high transmission rates associated with the omicron variant. We encourage everyone to use high-quality, well-fitting, disposable masks, worn so the edges fit tightly enough to reduce any openings around the nose and mouth. Several articles are available offering information on different types of masks individuals should consider.
Masking Requirements for Students, Faculty, and Staff
Currently, Delaware County is experiencing “high transmission” of the virus. Based on guidance from the CDC and from our own public health and medical experts, all individuals are required to wear masks while inside campus buildings, with the following exceptions:
- You are a residential student (i.e., you live in campus housing) and are inside your own room. Note that all individuals are required to wear masks in common areas inside residence halls.
- You are alone inside an office space. (You are not required to shut your office door.)
- You are actively eating and/or drinking.
- You are performing as part of your classwork (e.g., vocal performers, musicians, actors, etc.).
- You are actively participating in a College-sponsored varsity or club athletic program (i.e., you are actively playing/engaging in the activity, as opposed to being on the bench).
UPDATE: Please note that, effective January 2022 and until further notice, all current students, faculty, and staff members are permitted to use the Matchbox, but they must remain masked at all times, even while exercising. We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
When fully vaccinated students, faculty, or staff members are speaking to a group of people indoors (e.g., during a lecture or classroom setting, staff meetings, etc.), they may remove their masks provided that:
- The audience members are masked, per College policy
- The speaker is fully vaccinated
- The speaker is able to maintain at least three feet of physical distance from the audience members.
- The speaker puts their mask back on when finished speaking
At this time, masks are not required outdoors unless specifically noted. For instance, masks may be required outdoors during special events.
Masking Requirements for Campus Visitors and Vendors
The above masking requirements also apply to campus visitors and vendors. Meetings with vendors or other non-College visitors should happen virtually whenever possible. Please see the visitor and vendor policy for more information.
Please remember that some individuals may choose to continue wearing masks even when they are not required to do so, and we urge everyone to be sensitive to and understanding of those personal choices. We shouldn’t assume that someone wearing a mask isn’t fully vaccinated.