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URMC Reinstates Indoor Face Mask Requirement Regardless of Vaccine Status

Aug. 9, 2021

Responding to the growing public health threat of the Delta variant, and the recent emergence of COVID-19 cases in the Rochester area, the University of Rochester is reinstating a face-masking requirement for everyone indoors – regardless of vaccination status -- on the University’s campuses and properties, including the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).

The new policy, which goes into effect Tuesday, August 10, is in accordance with updated Monroe County and CDC recommendations for wearing face masks indoors. It is intended to be a temporary safety measure until COVID-19 transmission rates have declined sufficiently in Monroe County, and as COVID-19 case numbers remain low at the University and URMC.

While indoor masking has never stopped in the patient care areas at the Medical Center since early 2020, in late June 2021, the Medical Center began to loosen some restrictions for some parts of its campus, notably its academic, research and offsite administration areas, which allowed vaccinated individuals to go maskless in many common areas, meetings, eating spaces and shared offices.

With this move, the University and URMC join other local organizations who have recently reinstated indoor masking.

URMC faculty and staff can read more specific details on the face mask requirements at the Medical Center campus on the Intranet. (URMC credentials required).