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Update to the UT Mask Policy

Dear Volunteer community,

Because the delta variant is continuing to spread and is driving up hospitalizations in our community, we are adjusting campus health and safety guidelines.

As President Boyd just announced, masks are now required in all indoor public spaces, except in private offices and residence hall rooms and while individuals are actively eating, drinking, or engaging in fitness activities. This new mask mandate will be in effect for the next two weeks. System and campus leadership will re-evaluate the situation by September 7.

This is an expansion of the mask requirement previously announced on August 2, which covered all classrooms, laboratories, and required indoor academic events.

With vaccines now widely available, we have better tools to fight this pandemic than we did last year. I encourage you to get vaccinated if you haven’t already. This is the best defense against contracting and spreading COVID-19, and especially against severe cases of the disease. It is also the best way to ensure that we can keep our campus thriving and bustling throughout the fall semester.

Anyone can schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine at the Student Health Center by visiting our coronavirus website.

We can fight this virus and take care of each other—together as Volunteers. Thank you for doing your part.

Donde Plowman