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Updated Mask Guidance

This week the Centers for Disease Control issued updated guidelines regarding mask guidance, including that fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. This announcement coincides with rising cases of COVID-19 infections in Orange County and the increasing prevalence of the Delta variant.

Per CDC guidance, Rollins will continue to have a mandatory mask requirement indoors, including in our classrooms and other meeting spaces, for all students, staff, faculty and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. We previously provided an exception that stated if you regularly work with a group of 2 to 5 individuals, and everyone has been fully vaccinated and is willing to share that information, your group may work together without masks. With this new guidance, we are temporarily retracting approval for these small-group, maskless meetings, even for fully vaccinated individuals.

We also previously shared that if 80 percent of our campus is fully vaccinated by September 3, we will no longer require masks indoors. Based on the current state of cases in Orange County, we are also suspending this plan temporarily. We will assess our campus status closer to that date. Additionally, we ask that food at catered events on campus be taken outside to eat. While the buffet lines may be set up inside, masks need to remain in place indoors. Drinks with straws are fine, as long as masks are worn.

Since the start of the pandemic, we have followed CDC guidance regarding our COVID protocols, and this has served us well by limiting occurrences of COVID among our campus community. We will continue to monitor CDC guidance and shift any policies as appropriate. Following these recent guidelines will help us keep our campus community as safe as possible.

Please do your part to help us beat COVID by wearing a mask and seeking a vaccine. All three vaccines are available for members of the Rollins community. You can schedule a vaccine appointment here.

Fiat Lux,
Provost Susan Singer