Masks required inside the University of Rochester and other locations

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – University of Rochester officials announced on Friday that masks are once again required indoors on campus, due to the trend of high rates of COVID-19 cases among students.

Officials, the indoor mask mandate on campus is in effect until further notice.

According to UR, face masks are required inside all university sites, including the Eastman School of Music, the Laser Energy Laboratory and other properties. They say all “tanning” medical centers like the School of Nursing, School of Medicine and Dentistry, and administrative areas like Corporate Woods and Rochester Tech Park, will also need masks.

Officials say there is no change to masking requirements in patient care settings as they have and will continue to require masking until further notice.

According to current UR policy:

  • Acceptable face coverings are disposable masks without fabric: surgical or KN95.
  • Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff who are alone and not in a public or shared space can unmask. This does not apply to clinical areas that require masking per New York State regulations.
  • All in-person meetings or group activities in conference rooms or other indoor spaces should be conducted with everyone masked, regardless of vaccination status.
  • In the classroom, fully immunized instructors who can maintain a distance greater than 6 feet from all course participants can unmask while teaching; course participants must remain masked and the instructor must remask once classroom instruction is complete.
  • When eating at restaurants in Rochester or other public or shared indoor spaces on campus, everyone should remain in mask when not eating.
  • In student living areas on campus, students may be unmasked in their rooms with their roommate(s) or “family unit”. All other times, students must be masked.
  • Face masks continue to be mandatory for everyone on college shuttles.
  • For performances and college sporting events, performers and athletes may be unmasked, but audiences/spectators must mask up when inside. University-sponsored events held off-campus must comply with local policies.
  • The University will continue to do free disposable surgical masks available at many campuses.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article indicated that the Memorial Art Gallery would be one of the University’s sites to require masks indoors, as indicated by UR officials, but they have since updated these guidelines and MAG is not included in the indoor mask requirement. .

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