Yale University to require wearing masks indoors for all students and faculty


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Yale University is requiring all students, faculty, and staff to wear masks indoors regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

Yale University officials said they have reinstituted their mask mandate but with some exceptions when alone, such as in a private office or seated in a partitioned cubicle. 

RELATED: CDC backpedals on some masking guidelines, calls for nearly 2/3 of US counties to mask-up indoors

University officials made the decision after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.

Just a few days ago, the CDC identified New Haven County as a COVID hot spot and recommends any counties that have reached a ‘substantial’ level of transmission to wear masks indoors, even if you’ve received the vaccine.

Yale informed students, faculty, and staff earlier this year that anyone returning to campus for the Fall semester must receive their COVID-19 vaccine and submit documented proof of receiving it by Aug. 1.

For returning students it’s “DÉJÀ VU”.

Alice Dyer a Yale student told News 8 Monday, ”I was really looking forward to this year not being that way with the vaccine being the solution to the problem.”

Moira Fitzgerald is a librarian for Yale. She says she’s prepared to make the adjustment. ”It was a little disappointing but we understand, because of the numbers in New Haven…And there are notices all over the building and the libraries, and all the buildings that I’ve been in saying, we have to wear a mask.”

You should also be mindful of the lessons learned over the past year and a half like maintaining social distancing and washing your hands periodically throughout the day.

Click here to read the message from Yale University.

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