Outdoor face mask requirement relaxed immediately; documented vaccination rate key to easing this and other campus COVID-19 restrictions

(Andrew Hancock/Purdue University)

Step by step, the Purdue University community continues to move toward a greater sense of normalcy in delivering on its mission of learning, research and student-faculty engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Effective immediately, individuals need not wear a mask when outdoors on campus. Previously, masks were required outdoors if continuous safe social distancing was not possible — although the Purdue community frequently adopted more stringent compliance in practice, another testament to their steadfast dedication to protecting Purdue.

Until a greater share of the campus community is vaccinated against COVID-19 and has documentation of their vaccination on file with the Protect Purdue Health Center, wearing a face mask remains required indoors — including in classrooms, research and instructional laboratories, in dining halls when not eating and the common spaces of campus buildings. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is the fastest and surest means today to significantly reduce the risk of exposure and serious illness, according to medical authorities and evidence on a global basis. And it is the fastest way for life on campus to return to normal. 

“The consistent and nearly universal embrace of the Protect Purdue Pledge by our students, faculty and staff has been vital to the safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Esteban Ramirez, chief medical officer for the Protect Purdue Health Center. “The greater the percentage of the campus community who are vaccinated, the more protected we all are, and the more we can ease Protect Purdue restrictions and return to full normal operations.”

While variables associated with the COVID-19 pandemic could cause plans to be modified, Purdue is planning on full restoration of an in-person residential experience for the Fall 2021 semester, strategically re-densifying classrooms and ending routine surveillance testing requirements for the fully vaccinated. 

To continue that progress and further effect change in masking protocols and other COVID-19-related campus restrictions, Purdue encourages all Boilermakers to get vaccinated and upload documentation of their vaccination today.

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Although vaccination is strongly encouraged, individuals may instead choose weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing on campus this fall as a means of protecting others and the Purdue community. Participation in some optional campus activities and travel may require valid proof of the COVID-19 vaccination.