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Should I wear a cloth mask when I go outside for essential activities?

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Fully vaccinated individuals (defined as 14+ days after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14+ days after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) are not required to wear masks or physically distance outside. However, individuals who feel more comfortable wearing a mask outdoors for whatever reason, are encouraged to do so. Non-vaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing face masks and physically distance until such time as they are fully vaccinated.

Tufts requires that all individuals, whether vaccinated or not, continue to wear masks indoors, except when alone or when eating. We hope that the indoor mask requirement may be eased at a later date. This decision will be based on the levels of vaccination coverage within the Tufts community (students, faculty, and staff), our neighboring communities, and the state, as well as reductions in COVID-19 cases. Even after routine mask wearing indoors is dropped, there may be certain circumstances (e.g., very large indoor gatherings) where their use may be encouraged or people may feel more comfortable wearing them.

Per the state’s guidance, face coverings are required for all individuals on public and private transportation (including rideshares, livery, taxis, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities, congregate care settings, and health and rehabilitative day services.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:46am

Should I wear a mask when I come to work at Tufts?

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Fully vaccinated individuals (defined as 14+ days after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14+ days after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) are not required to wear masks or physically distance outside. However, individuals who feel more comfortable wearing a mask outdoors for whatever reason, are encouraged to do so. Non-vaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing face masks and physically distance until such time as they are fully vaccinated.

Tufts requires that all individuals, whether vaccinated or not, continue to wear masks indoors, except when alone or when eating. We hope that the indoor mask requirement may be eased at a later date. This decision will be based on the levels of vaccination coverage within the Tufts community (students, faculty, and staff), our neighboring communities, and the state, as well as reductions in COVID-19 cases. Even after routine mask wearing indoors is dropped, there may be certain circumstances (e.g., very large indoor gatherings) where their use may be encouraged or people may feel more comfortable wearing them.

Per the state’s guidance, face coverings are required for all individuals on public and private transportation (including rideshares, livery, taxis, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities, congregate care settings, and health and rehabilitative day services.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:46am

How should I report misconduct?

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If you want to report a situation involving a possible violation of university rules, you may notify your RA (if you live on-campus) or the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs for your school. You may also submit an anonymous report online through EthicsPoint or email the Office of Community Standards CommunityStandards@tufts.edu.

Last update: Friday, May 28, 2021 - 12:58pm

Are there procedures I need to follow whenever I come on-campus?

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Yes, prior to arriving on campus each workday, faculty and staff, including postdoctoral scholars and doctoral students, must complete a Daily Health Screening Survey to attest that they are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently come into contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19. Upon completing the survey, individuals will immediately receive an email confirming whether they can come to campus. Those approved to come to campus may be required to show the email to a school administrator, supervisor or building security guard upon arrival. The survey can be accessed via:

Last update: Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020 - 4:07pm

Do I have to wear my mask all the time when I am at work?

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Tufts requires that all individuals wear masks indoors, including in offices, conference rooms, classrooms, laboratories, studios, libraries, dining halls, and residences. Masks do not need to be worn indoors when alone or when eating; however, social distancing is strongly encouraged while eating or drinking. For more information on face mask requirements, visit https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/healthy-at-tufts.

We encourage you to work with the Tufts Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) if you have questions or concerns about wearing a mask or cloth face covering in your Tufts workplace. In many situations, OEO has already found acceptable and safe adaptations, alternatives and accommodations for those individuals who are unable to wear a mask or cloth face covering because of a physical or mental impairment or sincerely held religious belief. OEO will engage in an interactive dialogue with you in order to increase your feasibility of wearing a mask or cloth face covering safely in your workplace with the goal of reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 across Tufts University.

Last update: Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 - 3:27pm

How can staff and faculty maintain social distance when they return to an office?

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When employees return to work on campus, no physical distancing restrictions will be in place either outside or indoors. Masks need to be worn indoors unless eating or when alone in an office.

Until high vaccination coverage among on-campus faculty and staff can be verified, all in-person office parties and events are encouraged to be held outside with prepackaged food. In addition, faculty and staff are encouraged not to take breaks or eat in large groups indoors.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:48am

What should I do if I see someone not observing safety protocols?

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If you observe someone not following guidance (e.g., not wearing a mask inside), you should report this information to your supervisor and should email covid19@tufts.edu. The university will follow up appropriately. For the Grafton campus, please email cummingscovid@tufts.edu or you may report it anonymously here.

Last update: Friday, May 28, 2021 - 1:02pm

What should I do if I observe someone who is not following the university’s COVID-19 protocols?

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If you observe someone not following guidance (e.g., not wearing a mask inside), you should let Community Standards know so they can follow-up with the individual. The university will follow up appropriately. For the Grafton campus, please email cummingscovid@tufts.edu or you may report it anonymously here.

Last update: Monday, Oct 25, 2021 - 3:28pm

I rely on lip reading and my colleagues don’t realize I do this in the workplace. Can I ask everyone I work with not to wear a mask when speaking to me?

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Please contact the Tufts OEO Accommodation Specialist, Johny Lainé, who will be able to assist you and your work group with this situation. There are few physical or mental health reasons why someone cannot wear a mask or other type of face covering in the workplace. When wearing a mask or cloth face covering may exacerbate a physical or mental health condition, lead to a medical emergency or introduce significant safety concerns, adaptions and alternatives will be considered. Transparent masks may be an acceptable adaption in this situation with the support of the Tufts OEO Accommodation Specialist, Johny Lainé at 617.627.3298.

Last update: Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 - 3:54pm

I have breathing issues and wearing a mask is too difficult.

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There are a few physical or mental health reasons why someone cannot wear a mask or other type of face covering in the workplace. Wearing a mask or cloth face covering may exacerbate a physical or mental health condition, lead to a medical emergency or introduce significant safety concerns. Adaptions and alternatives will be considered whenever possible to increase the feasibility of wearing a cloth face covering or to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading if it is not possible to wear one. Please contact the Tufts OEO Accommodation Specialist, Johny Lainé at 617.627.3298 if you have questions or wish to request an accommodation.

Last update: Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 - 3:49pm

Do I have to wear my mask all the time when I am at work? I have a physical or medical reason that prohibits me from wearing a mask.

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Tufts requires that all individuals wear masks indoors, including in offices, conference rooms, classrooms, laboratories, studios, libraries, dining halls, and residences. Masks do not need to be worn indoors when alone or when eating; however, social distancing is strongly encouraged while eating or drinking. For more information on face mask requirements, visit https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/healthy-at-tufts.

We encourage you to work with the Tufts Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) if you have questions or concerns about wearing a mask or cloth face covering in your Tufts workplace. In many situations, OEO has already found acceptable and safe adaptations, alternatives and accommodations for those individuals who are unable to wear a mask or cloth face covering because of a physical or mental impairment or sincerely held religious belief. OEO will engage in an interactive dialogue with you in order to increase your feasibility of wearing a mask or cloth face covering safely in your workplace with the goal of reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 across Tufts University.

Last update: Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021 - 3:31pm

What is the policy on events held on campus?

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There will be no size limits for gatherings, and people will no longer be required to remain at least six feet apart, either inside or outdoors. Standard pre-COVID room occupancy limits will apply, including in conference rooms, classrooms, offices, laboratories, gyms, studios, and libraries.

Last update: Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021 - 8:36am

These FAQs are subject to change. Please check back here for the latest guidance. If you do not  find the information you are looking for, please send an email to COVID19@tufts.edu.