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April 30, 2021

 

Dear Student,

Governor Charlie Baker has announced that the commonwealth is revising its COVID-19 public health guidance.

Please be advised that the university will sustain its current COVID-19 policies and procedures for the remainder of the semester. This includes the requirement to wear face coverings both indoors and outdoors, physically distance, and limit gatherings to no more than 10 individuals. These policies apply to all students, faculty, and staff regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated. They also apply to students whether they are on or off campus.

We are not planning to ease restrictions on mask wearing indoors or outdoors until more of our student population is fully vaccinated. Vaccines prevent serious illness and death but do not prevent infection. Currently, too few of our students have been fully vaccinated, and we cannot adopt an inequitable policy that would allow some students to forego masks while requiring others to wear them.

We are confident that these measures have mitigated the risk of transmission of the virus on our campuses and that by continuing to follow them, we can assure that Tufts will be able to conclude the semester safely and that students will be able to travel to their destinations with minimal risk.

Your continued cooperation is greatly appreciated. Please take these steps as acts of civic responsibility to protect one another, as well as the people who live in our host communities, and the extended Tufts community of families and friends.

With best wishes,
 

Michelle Bowdler, MSPH
Executive Director, Health & Wellness

Marie Caggiano, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Health Service

Michael R. Jordan, MD, MPH
University Infection Control Health Director

Camille Lizarríbar, JD, PhD
Dean of Student Affairs and Chief Student Affairs Officer for AS&E