University lifts outdoor mask requirement for fully vaccinated individuals

Indoor mask requirements stay in place, with some exceptions

University lifts outdoor mask requirement for fully vaccinated individuals

Masks will no longer be required outdoors on campus for fully vaccinated individuals, Vice President of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence Fanta Aw announced in an email Monday, in order to update the American University health and safety protocols.

The current guidelines on campus say that groups of over 25 people outside should be masked, as well as throughout the majority of indoor settings where you may come into contact with others. According to Aw, indoor areas where masks are not required include when alone in an office or residence hall, in a gathering of less than 15 people or when eating. Masks are required at all times in fitness centers, shuttle buses, the Student Health Center and coronavirus testing sites.

“We understand this is a greater level of caution than current guidelines, but we are continuing this safety measure until we reach a high vaccination level across our community,” she wrote in the email. 

Aw also wrote in the update that on-campus coronavirus testing will continue throughout the summer, and any member of the AU community with a campus presence must get tested once a week, no matter their vaccination status.

For fully vaccinated individuals, the daily self-screening form will no longer be required. 

As a reminder, Aw noted that the on-campus vaccination clinic through District Urgent Care is in operation every three weeks on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., with increased hours beginning at the start of the fall semester. 

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