Masks no longer required on campus beginning May 24

Last week the CDC updated its guidelines for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In accordance with those guidelines and recent state legislation, masks and face coverings will no longer be required at University of Utah facilities beginning Monday, May 24. Please note that masks will continue to be required inside University of Utah Health dedicated clinical facilities as well as on campus buses and shuttles. In addition, all job-related personal protective equipment (PPE) safety requirements will continue to be required consistent with best practices for worker safety.

Members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. The university will continue to provide free, weekly asymptomatic coronavirus testing and a vaccination clinic on campus throughout the summer. Vaccinations are available for all members of the campus community (including friends and family of university faculty, staff and students) and can be scheduled online. You can also call the U’s vaccination hotline at 801-213-2874 (and press option 2) for assistance in finding and scheduling a vaccination appointment.

A recent survey of faculty and students showed that more than 90% of respondents have been vaccinated or plan to be vaccinated in the coming weeks.

That said, wearing a mask remains an effective means of preventing infection for both unvaccinated and vaccinated people. Regardless of what someone chooses (mask or no mask), the university seeks to foster a sense of community and asks everyone on campus to be respectful of individual decisions on mask wearing.

As a reminder, people are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. While very uncommon, vaccinated individuals can still get a coronavirus infection, but are more likely to have mild or no symptoms.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and our campus community.