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Virginia Tech issues event requirements for COVID-19 mitigation

From: University Relations

In its ongoing effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the growing challenge of the delta variant, and a corresponding rise in cases in communities across the country, and to align with the recently updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Tech has issued the following requirements for indoor and outdoor events hosted at university facilities. The requirements also apply to student groups and the Virginia Cooperative Extension. These protocols are subject to change as public health recommendations evolve.

This guidance is for non-university attendees participating in events at Virginia Tech facilities. Remember masks are required in indoor public spaces. Virginia Tech students and employees are required to be vaccinated in accordance with Presidential Policy Memorandum 317.

For indoor public events:

Masks are required for all attendees regardless of vaccination status. During events where food and beverages are served, masks are required when not actively eating or drinking. All attendees are encouraged to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

For outdoor public events:

Masks are not required but are encouraged. The university may designate specific areas where masks will be required in outdoor settings or in places that are partially covered. All attendees are encouraged to be fully vaccinated.

For indoor private events by individual invitation only:

Masks are required and hosts may require attendees to be vaccinated. Individual attestation of vaccination status will be accepted.

For outdoor private events by individual invitation only:

Hosts may require masks and vaccination to attend the event. Individual attestation of vaccination status will be accepted.

For events in which there are invited speakers or industry representatives:

Masks are required and hosts can require that speakers are vaccinated. Individual attestation of vaccination status will be accepted. The hosts can rescind the invitation if the invited guest is not vaccinated. Any contracts with speakers must address the need to be vaccinated if it is going to be a requirement.

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