University Lifts Indoor Mask Requirement in Non-Clinical Areas

March 18, 2022 | COVID-19, News, UToday
By Tyrel Linkhorn

The University of Toledo is lifting its requirement that masks be worn in classrooms and teaching laboratories, making masks optional in all non-clinical areas across our campuses.

The updated protocol fully aligns UToledo with the most recent CDC guidance on face masks, which ties mask recommendations to community levels of infections and hospitalizations.

Currently, CDC metrics put Lucas County in the “low level” category, down from medium at the end of February.

It is important to note that the University’s mask requirement for clinical healthcare settings has not changed. The University of Toledo Medical Center and other University clinical sites continue to require that all employees and visitors wear well-fitting masks.

The CDC also still requires face coverings be worn on public transportation, regardless of vaccination status. This includes TARTA’s on-campus and community bus services.

The University recognizes some students and employees may feel more comfortable continuing to wear a mask indoors. Those individual choices should be accepted and respected.

As it has done throughout the pandemic, UToledo will closely monitor local data and respond to changes in guidance from public health officials and government leaders. If it becomes necessary in the future to reevaluate mask guidelines, the University is committed to doing so and providing timely communication of any changes.

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