ITHACA, N.Y.—Cornell University will bring its campus mask-wearing guidelines in line with New York State’s latest guidance starting June 1, the school announced.

The decision was announced at a faculty and staff town hall last week and publicly disbursed Tuesday and apply to fully vaccinated faculty and staff. According to the school, “student-specific public health guidance will be disseminated closer to the start of the fall semester,” when Cornell is requiring students returning to campus to be vaccinated.

Faculty and staff are still not required to be vaccinated.

The rules are as follows: masks are no longer required indoors, indoor gatherings may be unmasked within capacity limits, surveillance testing is no longer required and the Daily Check health assessment is still required.

Unvaccinated staffers or faculty members must still adhere to indoor mask-wearing except when eating or alone, must physically distance, must wear masks during gatherings, etc.

Visitors who are invited to campus as guest speakers or during recruitment visits will have similar guidelines as fully vaccinated people provided they are fully vaccinated; however, those who are not invited as part of Cornell business must wear masks and socially distance “regardless of their vaccination status” during the initial June phase.

As for research reactivation plans and returning to campus, “each college or unit will make a final determination on the unit’s overall work plans” during the next few weeks. Employees will be approved on an individual basis to return to campus.

Matt Butler

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