Reminder—Face Coverings Required Indoors

October 13, 2021

To:  University Community
From:  Michelle Rogers, Vice President for Administration, and Donna Eddleman, University Dean of Student Affairs
Subject:  Reminder—Face Coverings Required Indoors

As classes resume for College of Arts and Sciences students following a two-day study break, we wanted to remind the entire University community that face coverings are still required indoors on all University of Redlands campuses, including in the Armacost Library, regardless of your vaccination status.

When you wear a face covering, you help keep our community safe, which is especially important in weeks like this one, when many staff and students are returning to campus after spending time in environments where masks and physical distancing may not have been required. Wearing a face covering is aligned with current recommendations by the State of California and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and with current requirements in several California counties.

If you see someone without a face covering in common indoor spaces, you can tap your mask-covered face or nose to remind them of the expectation. Compliance is our collective responsibility if we want to continue to live, work, and engage with each other on campus.

We also ask, regardless of your vaccination status, that you get a COVID-19 test after any travel, as an extra layer of caution given the risk of exposure associated with traveling. As you know, San Bernardino County runs a daily testing site on the main Redlands campus in University Hall.

If you do experience symptoms of COVID-19, or have had a known exposure to a person who has tested positive, please stay home and fill out a COVID-19 Symptoms, Exposure, or Positive Test Reporting Form so a case manager can help you with next steps.

While more than 80% of our community is vaccinated, there is still risk of exposure and spread given the movement of our populations among different groups. Therefore, the University’s indoor face-covering requirement will be lifted when public health authorities no longer recommend the practice, and our case numbers remain low.

Thank you for helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community!