Update on Masking Policy, Saturday Football Game
To the University Community,
We write today to update members of the community about our indoor mask requirement and our public health guidance for the upcoming UVA football game on Saturday, Sept. 4.
University public health officials are actively monitoring conditions around COVID-19 in the Charlottesville area and across the commonwealth, including case positivity rates and the hospital capacity in our region and statewide. Unfortunately, case numbers in our area and around the commonwealth are higher than we’d like, and the contagiousness of the delta variant is creating cause for concern and the need for ongoing precautions. We remind you that the most effective way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated if you have not already done so.
Given these concerns, we have decided to maintain our current policy requiring all people to wear masks when they are indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. We continue to view this as a temporary measure that we will lift as soon as conditions permit. We will continue to monitor those conditions and offer another update on our masking policy no later than Oct. 1.
These requirements and expectations are an important part of our ongoing efforts to keep everyone here learning, living, and working in-person safely. However, we have to recognize that the delta variant presents challenges that we have to work together to mitigate.
In addition to continuing the indoor masking policy, we would like to remind anyone who is planning to attend the UVA football game on Saturday against William & Mary that masks will be required for everyone in indoor spaces at Scott Stadium, including restrooms, elevators, and the inside space of hospitality suites. Under University policy, unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a mask whether indoors or out. While we are not currently requiring all attendees to wear masks outdoors, we strongly encourage everyone – vaccinated or unvaccinated – to do so in order to limit opportunities for the virus to spread at the game.
Masks are a simple and highly effective way to protect both yourself and others from viral transmission. Please strongly consider wearing a mask during the game. Doing so will protect you and the entire community. Finally, please remember that masks work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but only when they are worn properly. Your mask should be made of multiple layers, such as a disposable 3-ply medical grade mask, and it should fit tightly over the nose and mouth unless you are actively eating or drinking.
In the coming days and weeks, University leaders will continue to monitor the virus carefully, advised on a daily basis by our public health experts. We will continue to make adjustments as needed to protect public health and our ability to live, learn, and work together in-person this year.
As we have said previously, the virus remains unpredictable and we must be ready to adjust our response to it. The measures we are announcing today are critical in helping us reach our goal of responsibly continuing in-person experiences.
We remain grateful to this entire community for your role in making this semester a success.
Executive Vice President and Provost
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer