Vassar College unveils campus masking plan in preparation for return to campus in fall

POUGHKEEPSIE – Vassar College President Elizabeth Bradley has announced the school’s masking policy as a central component to helping prepare the campus and ensure the health and safety of everyone when students begin returning in early to mid-August, for the fall semester.

  Vassar’s masking policy requires everyone on campus — students, employees, and visitors — to wear a mask or face covering at all times, except when in private/unshared rooms or offices; when stationary outdoors and able to maintain a six-foot social distance from others; or if running or biking for exercise and able to maintain a six-foot social distance from others. 

The policy requires that while outdoors a mask is required while walking, but can be removed if one is six-feet distanced from others and stationary outdoors.

 The policy also notes that all buildings will be closed to visitors during the COVID-19 crisis.

“Vassar is committed both to our educational mission and to the health and safety of our community and the larger communities in which we live,” said Dr. Bradley. “Our policy on wearing masks, along with a comprehensive set of protocols we have put in place, will play a key role in helping us return to campus safely this fall and will also help keep the Arlington community safe.”

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