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COVID-19 Protocols: Masks, Physical Distancing, Gatherings/Activities

Posted by on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 in .

Masking and Physical Distancing

Vanderbilt University will no longer require masking or physical distancing indoors. The change aligns the university with CDC guidance and the COVID-19 community level statuses.  

Individuals will have the option of wearing a mask indoors, including in classrooms, offices, labs, dining and community spaces.  

“Mask optional” means it is an individual’s choice whether to wear a mask or not. The university will continue to support those who want to wear a mask at any time for any reason, and expects all community members to respect one another as well. There will no longer be physical distancing requirements, whether an individual is masking or not. 

Information regarding masking and capacity protocols within VUMC buildings can be found on the VUMC website.  

As always, university leaders will continue to monitor trends and work with public health experts to update campus policies if needed. 

Gatherings and Activities

Gathering  size limits  are lifted for  gatherings.  Outdoor areas should be used as community gathering spaces whenever possible.Indoor gatherings may occur at up to the full capacity of a given indoor space, including work, classroom and research spaces.