May 25: Mask Guidelines

TO: SJU Community
FROM: Cary Anderson, Ed.D., Vice President of Student Life and Associate Provost; Zenobia Hargust, M.S., SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer
RE: Mask Guidelines
DATE: May 25, 2021 at 11:03 A.M. 

What You Need To Know:

  • The CDC, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia are relaxing mask guidance for vaccinated individuals, as informed by the latest scientific evidence.
    Saint Joseph’s will not require masks for vaccinated individuals outdoors beginning on May 25.
  • Masks will be required indoors when in the presence of others through at least June 11, when the Philadelphia guidelines will be reevaluated based on case counts and vaccination rates.
  • Remember to disclose your vaccination status, as it will guide future University decision-making.

In alignment with scientific research and local guidance, Saint Joseph’s will no longer require masks outdoors for vaccinated individuals beginning on May 25. Masks are still recommended outdoors for those who are not vaccinated and for all when gathering in large groups. Many people may choose to continue to wear masks regardless of vaccination status or official guidelines. Masks will be required indoors when in the presence of others through at least June 11, when the Philadelphia guidelines will be reevaluated based on case counts and vaccination rates.

 
The University will continue to monitor scientific evidence and local regulations, updating our campus protocols as needed. As a reminder, the level of vaccination in our community will help determine guidelines moving forward, including whether masks will be required in classrooms, residence halls or dining facilities; the need for surveillance testing; and the number of people permitted to gather for events. You can do your part by voluntarily disclosing your vaccination status today, when you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your final dose). As a reminder, this information is held in confidence and only available on a need-to-know basis for contact tracing exemption purposes or personal health care matters.

 
Thank you for your support and commitment to keeping our community as safe and healthy as possible.