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College relaxes testing and indoor mask requirement

April 28, 2022

After a steep decline in active cases in the past week, Covid-19 Coordinator Mike Ranen announced in an email to the campus community on Wednesday that masks will be optional again in most locations across campus, with a few exceptions. Masks will still be required in classrooms, the Farley Field House testing center, the Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness and the Children’s Center.

“Classrooms are essentially the only spaces on campus where attendance is mandatory, and with just two weeks of classes left, we want to give students the best chance of completing the semester (classes and exams) fully in person,” Ranen wrote in an email to the campus community.

Additionally, students may register private social events for up to 75 people, and PCR testing protocols have shifted to require students to test once per week instead of twice.

“This year our plan all along has been to increase restrictions when cases rise substantially and to loosen restrictions when possible. Our goal has never been to have zero cases of Covid-19 on campus but rather to manage the disease knowing that vaccines and boosters remain the best protection against serious illness,” Ranen wrote in an email to the Orient.

As of April 27 at 2 p.m., the College currently has 69 active cases of Covid-19 among students and 33 active cases among staff.

Andrew Cohen contributed to this report.


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