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Guidance adjusted for mask use in Virginia Tech facilities

From: Emergency Management and University Relations

As we monitor the pandemic and plan for the fall, we will adjust public health protocols in the best interest of the community. Because of the rapid spread of the delta variant throughout the United States and globally, we are adjusting our mask guidance for Virginia Tech students, employees, and visitors. At this time, we ask all people to avoid attendance of in-person activities, indoors or outdoors, if they are ill or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. We urge everyone to continue to wash hands regularly.

There is no requirement for anyone to wear a mask outdoors at this time. Indoors, social distancing and masks are not required for those who are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after receiving a final vaccine dose.

Those who are not fully vaccinated — including those who have received a medical or religious exemption, and who will be participating in-person for classes, work, or other activities in any Virginia Tech facility — will continue adhering to requirements and restrictions that do not apply to fully vaccinated individuals.

These include:

  • Unvaccinated individuals should practice physical distancing when possible, including when removing a face covering to eat or drink.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear face coverings/masks when indoors at all times. The only exception is when working alone in an enclosed office or in their residential hall room.
  • Unvaccinated individuals will also be required to participate in the university’s surveillance testing program.

In accordance with CDC guidance for public transportation, all students and employees must wear a face covering/mask when using Blacksburg Transit or other forms of public transportation whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

Masks are also required for both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals visiting the Schiffert Health Center, EHS Occupational Health Clinic, and other clinical, research, and congregate areas when determined necessary by the university.

Individuals, regardless of vaccination status, may prefer to limit their exposure risk further by continuing to wear masks while around others. We respect and support that personal decision. Other individuals may not be able to be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons. Assumptions should not be made as to why a person is wearing a mask or why a person chooses not to be vaccinated.

Commitment to following these public health guidelines helps protect the health of our community and achieve the full Hokie experience we strive to offer this fall.

If you have not yet received your COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Ready site’s vaccination information webpage for information on Virginia Tech’s vaccine requirements and where to get a COVID-19 vaccine. If you have received your COVID-19 vaccine, but have not yet provided proof of vaccination, vaccine registration instructions for students and employees are available on the Ready site.

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