Duke relaxes some masking policies, indoor dining restrictions follow as COVID-19 cases remain low
Duke has relaxed COVID-19 restrictions due to the low prevalence of cases on campus, according to a Wednesday night email.
Private parties and events hosted by student organizations are no longer limited to 50 people, according to the email. In addition, the number of indoor seating is increased in most restaurants on campus.
Masks are now recommended rather than required in “semi-public residential spaces”, including common rooms and laundry rooms. Masking is also required in “classrooms and other non-residential interior spaces”.
The message, which was sent to all of Duke’s undergraduates and graduates / professionals, was signed by Mary Pat McMahon, vice-president, student affairs; Gary Bennett, vice-president, undergraduate studies; and Executive Vice-President Jennifer Francis.
Despite the relaxation of rules around large gatherings, the email reminded students that “groups will still need to engage with UCAE to help with event planning and security protocols (especially if food is served). ”
Duc reported 26 cases of COVID-19 from September 27 to October 3, with a positivity rate of 0.12%. The email pointed out that these updated guidelines depend on the number of cases remaining low.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that masks are now required rather than recommended. in “semi-public residential spaces”. The Chronicle regrets the error.
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Anna Zolotor is a junior at Trinity and editor of the 117th volume of The Chronicle.