The University continues to monitor closely the evolving understanding of COVID-19 by health and medical experts and will adapt its policies and procedures as appropriate as new information becomes available.
The bottom line on masks is...
Wear a mask indoors.
Each member of the Notre Dame community, and visitors to campus, should abide by the following protocol:
Until 90 percent of the campus community has achieved the full protection of an approved booster—note that full protection is acquired two weeks after an individual receives the booster—students, faculty and staff will be expected to wear masks indoors on campus, except when alone in private offices, or for students, in their residence halls.
So that we can assess our progress toward the 90 percent goal, be sure to upload verification of your booster as soon as possible. With a January 21 deadline for booster verification, we can expect the indoor masking requirement to extend two weeks beyond that date, to February 4. (If our campus community is able to reach the goal of 90 percent booster verification before January 21, we can consider lifting the indoor masking requirement sooner, depending on conditions on campus and locally.)
- Masks are not required outdoors.
- Throughout the Spring Semester, those who are not fully vaccinated---having not received the original vaccine or the booster--- will be required to mask indoors and test weekly.
- The current indoor masking requirement applies in all campus buildings, including in classrooms, laboratories and studios. When the campus-wide masking requirement is lifted, faculty may continue to require students to mask in these instructional spaces.
- Visitors are required to wear masks inside campus buildings at all times until further notice.
- While the current masking requirement is in effect, students, faculty and staff are required to wear masks at all times inside South Dining Hall, North Dining Hall, Duncan Student Center, LaFortune and other eateries except when actively eating or drinking.
- Throughout the semester, we urge anyone experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms to stay at home, call their medical provider, and, as appropriate, get tested. Even if you are negative for COVID, please wear your mask indoors on campus while symptoms persist to avoid spreading illness.
- We strongly encourage anyone who feels more comfortable masking—for any reason and without needing to offer an explanation—to do so.
The bottom line on going off-campus is...
When in doubt, mask up.
Given that vaccination rates in St. Joseph County are considerably lower than the rate on campus, everyone should consider masking when shopping, dining, or otherwise interacting in the local community, for your own protection and that of our neighbors in the greater Michiana area.