Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Surge in COVID-19 Variant Causes W&M to Amend Mask Policy

(WYDaily/Courtesy of Jim Agnew/William & Mary)

WILLIAMSBURG — In light of recent surges in COVID-19 infections nationwide, to include the more highly contagious Delta Variant, the College of William & Mary (W&M) has reinstated its requirement that all students, faculty and staff must wear masks in indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

Citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent recommendation that masks be worn by everyone in localities exhibiting high rates of transmission, the College said in a letter to the W&M community that masks would be mandatory in all campus buildings starting Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Suzanne Clavet, director of news and media for W&M, issued the following statement on behalf of the College:

“William & Mary will be predominantly in person this fall. With that in mind, and given new CDC guidance regarding the delta variant, we are temporarily reinstating a requirement for masks to be worn indoors in public shared spaces on our campus. This is for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. As the university looks forward to the start of the fall semester, the health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff remain our highest priority.” 

This is the latest in a series of adjustments the school has had to make since pandemic numbers began rising in the later part of the summer.

On July 29, the school moved up its mandatory vaccine deadline to Aug. 10 for first doses and final doses needing to be administered on or before Sept. 17.

To find your locality’s current risk level, visit the website for the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.


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