In an email sent out to the UVA community, Thursday afternoon, University of Virginia President Jim Ryan announced changes to the University health and safety policy. In an attempt to stay in line with Virginia and CDC Guidelines, the following rules will go into effect at midnight on May 28th:
- Students, faculty, and staff will no longer be required to maintain six feet of physical distance.
- University policy will no longer limit the size of gatherings.
- University policy will no longer restrict visitors from outside the University.
- Academic Division faculty, staff, and students (with the exception of those in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, or Health Sciences Library) will no longer be required to use Hoos Health Check before they come to Grounds, and email notifications will be turned off.
- Face coverings will no longer be required for vaccinated members of the UVA Community, except for in the following locations:
- When in specified areas of the UVA Health Medical Center, clinics, and academic/administrative areas, as indicated in UVA Health guidance (for faculty, staff and contractors and for visitors)
- When in the Student Health and Wellness Center
- When in saliva testing facilities
- When engaged in any activities involving K-12 students
- When using public transportation (University Transit System
While most of the precautionary restrictions have been lifted for UVA students and faculty who have received the COVID-19 Vaccine, those without the vaccine are still required to wear face coverings while on-Grounds.