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Updates on Mask Policy, Vaccine Requirement at JPJ

To the University community:

Now that the semester is fully underway, we continue to see encouraging signs that high vaccination rates within our community and other mitigation measures are helping to limit the spread of COVID-19, even as we get back to more “normal” ways of living, learning and working together. Unfortunately, while cases within the UVA community remain low, the high prevalence of the Delta variant in Central Virginia is straining health care resources in the Charlottesville-Albemarle region.

For that reason, University leaders and public health experts agree that the most prudent course of action is to continue to require all people, whether they are vaccinated or not, to wear masks while inside University-owned or ‐leased spaces, with the exception of residence halls, private residences, or when actively eating or drinking.

In response to the increased risk of viral transmission at large indoor events, we have also decided to require all people who attend a ticketed event at John Paul Jones Arena to provide proof of vaccination, or of a negative COVID-19 test before entering the venue. This new policy will take effect Oct. 18.

This requirement, along with our indoor mask requirement, will provide added assurance that UVA basketball games, concerts and other events at JPJ will not be sources of significant community spread. The University will contact ticketholders for upcoming events directly with additional information about this requirement.

As conditions improve, we are eager to modify or lift this indoor mask requirement as soon as we can safely. We will spend the month of October monitoring the progression of the virus and will offer another update on public health policies no later than Nov. 1.

As always, we are grateful for the ways this community has acted to keep each other and the people around us safe throughout this pandemic. We look forward to continuing to work with all of you to make this year together as rewarding and safe as possible, for all of us.

Sincerely, 

Liz Magill
Executive Vice President and Provost

J.J. Davis
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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