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Updated Masking Requirements

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff Members, 

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant that is surging in areas across the country and the globe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its masking guidance for people who are fully vaccinated. The new recommendations state that individuals — regardless of vaccination status — should remain masked in most indoor settings in areas where transmission is either high or substantial. 

Currently, Delaware County is experiencing “substantial transmission” of the virus. Based on the new guidance from the CDC and from our own public health and medical experts, effective Monday, Aug. 9, all individuals — regardless of vaccination status — will be 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 a residence hall.

  • You are alone inside an office space.

    • You are not required to shut your office door.

  • You are actively eating and/or drinking at a campus dining location.

  • 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). 

  • You are exercising in the Matchbox. 

    • As a reminder, at this time, only individuals who are fully vaccinated may use the Matchbox.

At this time, masks are not required outdoors unless specifically noted. For instance, masks may be required outdoors during special events.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 positivity rates and guidance from the CDC, and we will adjust our masking policies as necessary.

We appreciate the burden this change in policy brings with it, and we recognize that masking indoors is less than ideal. At the same time, we continue to make decisions based on the best advice from medical and public health experts and that we believe to be in the best interest of the health and well-being of our campus community. Thank you for your continued flexibility and for doing all that you can to keep yourselves and each other safe.

Sincerely, 
Members of the COVID-19 Planning Group