Monday evening, University Dean of Students Allen W. Groves announced gathering limits will be increased to 25 people indoors (up from the previous limit of 6) and 75 people outdoors (up from the previous limit of 25). These changes are effective immediately.
The gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors, are only allowed if the gathering space ensures all attendees can remain at a minimum distance of six feet apart at all times.
All existing University health regulations such as wearing a mask around others remain in effect.
Dean Groves attributed the change to “low case counts and increasing vaccination rates” in the community.
“We hope this change offers University students greater flexibility as we head into the final stretch of the academic year.”
– Dean Groves
Students were advised to continue adhering to public health measures “with an understanding that the threat of the virus has not yet passed”.
The email also expressed hopes for an “in-person element of Final Exercises” in May.
Students have also begun receiving vaccinations in Charlottesville scheduled through UVA Health.
For more information about the coronavirus, please visit coronavirus.virginia.edu.