Masking Requirement, Starting August 16, 2021

August 3, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

Last week, the CDC updated its guidance to recommend masking indoors in regions where the community transmission of COVID-19 is “Substantial” or “High”. Over the weekend, Worcester County’s rising transmissions rates have caused the county to become labeled as “Substantial” by the CDC. 

Due to this, concerns about the Delta variant, and to ensure the safest move-in experience possible, effective August 16th, we will require masking indoors for all, regardless of vaccination status. As always, anyone who wishes to wear a mask prior to August 16 should also feel comfortable doing so.

This masking requirement will be in effect until at least September 10th, when we will re-evaluate the conditions in our community and decide if the requirement needs to remain in place or can be lifted.

Details about changes to COVID-19 surveillance testing protocols, HC Clear, isolation and quarantine, and other information will be announced at the end of the week in the COVID Weekly Update email.

Thanks for everything you are doing and will be doing to ensure a safe and productive move-in period.

The COVID Core Team