UConn updates campus mask policy; ends vaccine, testing requirements for games
STORRS, CT (WFSB) – The University of Connecticut changed its mask policy to “recommended” from “required” for certain locations on its campuses starting Friday.
Additionally, UConn Athletics is also lifting its vaccination/testing requirements for fans attending games at Gampel Pavilion and XL Center, effective immediately.
Spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz provided an update to Channel 3 on Thursday.
The new campus policy goes into effect Friday, March 4.
However, Reitz said masking will continue to be required in all teaching settings, including classrooms, labs, studios, rehearsal rooms and clinics, until at least April 1, 2022, when the university will reassess the situation.
The policy applies to students, employees and visitors to all UConn campuses and properties other than UConn healthcare facilities, student health and welfare medical care at Storrs, the von der Mehden Recital Hall and the Connecticut Repertory Theatre.
UConn activities such as classes or events that are hosted in spaces other than UConn property must follow the guidelines of the host institution.
“While this change means that masks will not be required in most settings, the university still recommends wearing them on our campuses,” UConn leadership said. “We also strongly encourage everyone in the UConn community to continue to be flexible and courteous when it comes to masking. Please always carry a mask with you in case you are asked to wear it in certain close settings, such as one-on-one or small group meetings. Community members will be at different stages of comfort with mask-wearing and we want to be respectful of others. »
UConn cited consistently low COVID-19 statistics as the reason for the policy changes.
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