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Update to indoor masking recommendations on campus

August 2, 2021

As we monitor the increasingly concerning transmission of the COVID-19 Delta Variantacross the United States and in Saratoga and other local counties, the College is strongly encouraging a return to indoor masking in shared campus spaces for all employees and students, regardless of vaccination status.

This recommendation is in accordance with the latest Centers for Disease Control guidance, which adds a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. Late last week, Saratoga County was added to the list of New York state counties where residents should return to wearing masks indoors because of “substantial community transmission” of COVID-19.

Once again, we cannot overstate the crucial role that COVID-19 vaccines play in stopping the spread of COVID-19, including variants, and in preventing the College and community from losing ground as we strive to return to normal. As announced in prior communications regarding the fall semester, all Skidmore students and faculty and staff will be required to be fully vaccinated for the fall, unless granted a medical or religious exemption.

Updated masking and distancing protocol

The following campus protocol is strongly encouraged for all employees and students, both vaccinated and unvaccinated:

  • Wear masks indoors when in public spaces or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other individuals. Masks may be removed in private offices and residences.
  • When meeting or gathering indoors, please be considerate and wear masks upon request by someone in the group.
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet is urged when masks are removed for indooreating or drinking.

By taking these precautions now, we hope to prevent any potential spread of COVID-19 in our community and stay on track toward the fall semester we have all worked so hard to make possible.

Also, please keep in mind that Skidmore is a mask-friendly campus, regardless of the circumstances. Those who wear a mask — for whatever reason — should know that they are always supported and welcome, as masking is a considerate act in the shared responsibility of keeping one another safe.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and commitment to these efforts.

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