Following Latest CDC Guidance, Vaccinated Terps Don’t Need to Wear a Mask in Most Situations
People on campus who are vaccinated don't have to wear a mask outside or in most other situations, but are welcome to do so. The deadline for vaccination compliance is Monday, Aug. 2.
University President Darryll J. Pines and Health Center Director Dr. Spyridon S. Marinopoulos sent the following message to the campus community today:
We look forward to welcoming many more members of our community back to campus next week as we continue to build toward the full resumption of on-campus operations, and we are grateful to our employees who have kept our campus functioning over the past year.
Our commitment to the health and safety of the campus community remains paramount, and we continue to follow the guidance of the University System of Maryland, county and state health officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We understand that many members of our community likely have questions based on recently released CDC guidance on masking for vaccinated individuals. At this time, there are no changes to our current masking requirements. Vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask in most situations. However, all are welcome to wear a mask at any time. Masks are still required for unvaccinated individuals indoors at all times and while outdoors in crowded spaces.
If data on campus or in the county changes, or if public health guidance evolves, we will not hesitate to adjust our requirements and notify our campus.
Vaccination Compliance Deadline Reminder
The deadline for vaccination compliance is Monday, Aug. 2. If you have not done so already, please confirm your vaccination status or request an exemption as soon as possible at return.umd.edu. There are significant consequences for students, faculty and staff who fail to comply with our COVID-19 policies, including canceled registration for students and progressive discipline, including termination, for employees.
For additional information, please visit the COVID-19 Information website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland
Spyridon S. Marinopoulos, MD, MBA, FACP
Director, University Health Center
Chief Medical Officer, University of Maryland
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