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Updated Outdoor Mask Policy at Rollins

April 28, 2021

Dear Campus Community:

As you may have seen, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday relaxed requirements on mask-wearing outdoors for those who are fully vaccinated. This new guidance comes as a result of rising vaccination numbers nationwide. 

The new guidance states that those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask outdoors while walking, running, hiking or biking alone, or when in small gatherings, including with members of their own households. Masks are still necessary in crowded outdoor venues and while in a large crowd of strangers.

What does this mean for us on campus? We continue to align with CDC guidance and have modified our policies in accordance with this new guidance. Effective immediately, masks are no longer required outdoors on campus for those who have been fully vaccinated. At this time, masks are still required indoors and in classrooms.

These new CDC guidelines provide welcome news and are an encouraging step toward resuming normal activities. We will continue to be cautious at next week’s Commencement ceremonies; while these events are outdoors, where transmission is known to be low, and we have planned appropriate spacing for the safety of our graduates and guests, these are still large-scale events. For this reason, masks will still be required for all Commencement ceremonies.

If you have yet to receive the vaccine, we continue to offer vaccines on campus for Rollins community members and their families. Vaccines are also still widely available throughout Central Florida.

Provost Susan Singer