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Information on mask use for Virginia Tech students and employees

From: Emergency Management and University Relations

In alignment with Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 72, Executive Order 79, and new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on masks, students and employees at Virginia Tech who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear masks in most indoor settings.

Those who are unvaccinated are strongly encouraged to make an appointment for vaccination unless there is a medical or religious exemption. Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks in indoor settings.

The exceptions for which masks are still required are:

  • Riding Blacksburg Transit or other forms of mass transportation;
  • Visiting or working at Schiffert Health Center.

Where there is a conflict between occupational-specific guidelines and this notice, the CDC guidance for specific industries and occupations should be followed.

Beginning May 28, Virginia Tech will align with the Governor’s Executive Order 79, which further relaxes all distancing and capacity restrictions and removes all limits on gathering sizes.

All members of the Virginia Tech community who are not yet vaccinated are strongly encouraged to do so. Public health officials have stated that the vaccines are the best way to protect oneself and the community from COVID-19. Governor Northam has summarized the situation this way: “The message is clear: Vaccinations are how we put this pandemic in the rearview mirror and get back to being with the people we love and doing the things we have missed.”

The university will share updates on any related changes and as state directives are updated, Virginia Tech will review and align, as appropriate, with state and federal guidelines. Any university-specific exceptions will be identified such as those above. Guidance on vaccinations and testing for the fall semester will be provided in early June.

Learn how to get your shot at Vaccinate.Virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN VA. From 8 a.m.  to 8 p.m.

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