UC, Miami U Relaxing Mask Mandates for Fully Immunized People
Both the University of Cincinnati and the University of Miami have relaxing mask requirements for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Starting June 2, UC will allow people who have been fully immunized for at least 14 days to mask off on campus, except on buses like the UC shuttle.
Unvaccinated people should always wear a mask and distance themselves from others indoors, unless they are actively eating or drinking or alone in a private room or office. Those who are not vaccinated will not need to wear masks outside when they can maintain a distance of 6 feet from others.
On the UC campus, the university will continue to plan for social distancing, especially in shared offices and workspaces and in “high traffic common areas.”
UC spokesman MB Reilly told WCPO that the university has already started advising summer residence students that they can “reduce the frequency of their required attenuation tests by voluntarily submitting proof of vaccination ”.
Miami has also dropped the requirement for fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors, but are asking people to try to wear masks indoors while surrounded by other people when the distance social cannot be maintained.
For fully immunized people, “masks are not necessary, indoors or outdoors, but you are encouraged to be aware that not everyone has the same level of comfort in a non-masked environment. the present time, “according to university guidelines.
Unvaccinated people in Miami should wear a mask and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet at all times when not working alone in an office or cubicle 6 feet away from others. Masks are no longer needed outdoors unless social distancing can be maintained.
Masks will not be required for those actively exercising in Goggin / Recreation Center as long as physical distance is maintained, regardless of immunization status. Everyone must wear masks on buses and other public transport.
Miami spokeswoman Carole Johnson said the university “will follow the honor system regarding our new safety guidelines” and ask employees and students to voluntarily report their immunization status.
Xavier University spokesman Doug Ruschman said the university has yet to make a final decision on changing his mask and distancing protocols, but they could be updated. soon.
Ruschman added that Xavier had previously asked students to share their vaccination status, and many students are already vaccinated thanks to the Kroger Health vaccination clinics at the Cintas Center earlier this spring.
Earlier this week, Northern Kentucky University ended its mandate to mask students, staff and visitors fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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Meanwhile, Indiana University at Bloomington is requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for its students and staff before classes resume in the fall, according to WCPO’s sister station WRTV Indianapolis.
More than 38% of all people in Ohio have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or about 4.4 million people. In Kentucky, about 41% of the population has received the vaccine, or more than 1.9 million people. In Indiana, more than 40% of the population has received a vaccine, or nearly 2.4 million people.