University updating COVID-19 restrictions

Provost Michael Kotlikoff, Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi and Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Mary Opperman sent the following message May 3:

As the number of fully vaccinated individuals on the Ithaca campus increases, the university will continue to assess its COVID-19 health and safety guidance and restrictions. We recently hit a major milestone – more than 50% of the on-campus population has been vaccinated. While we are still a long way from achieving herd immunity on campus, we feel we can safely ease the following restrictions consistent with the latest guidance from the CDC, which New York state adopted as well:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals who have submitted proof of vaccination are no longer required to wear a mask when meeting outdoors as part of a small group (10 people or fewer). Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff must continue to wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing is not feasible, and all community members must continue to wear masks when inside.
  • Student organizations and group activities can now meet in groups of up to 30 people. This includes intramurals, club sports, fitness classes and registered student organization activity. Because group activities may include both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, all participants are required to wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status. Registration, including attendance, is required for the purposes of contact tracing.
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