In an effort to increase masking requirements on campus, the University of Rochester is reinstating a face-masking requirement for everyone starting Tuesday, specifically targeted toward indoor venues on UR campuses. Face masks will be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
A letter that went out Monday from university officials said UR is taking this action in light of the emergence of Delta variant COVID-19 cases in the Rochester area.
Univesrity administration says that this is intended to be a temporary safety measure until COVID transmission rates have sufficiently declined.
The university notes that the new face masking mandate differs from previous policies in that physical distance is not currently part of this requirement.
RIT implemented a similar policy last week on face masks and other private and state local colleges have also announced similar plans in recent weeks.